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May 3, 2007
and work your way up to page one to see the most remarkable achievement of DC Comics just-completed weekly series, 52
. 52 weeks worth of amazing covers by artist J. G. Jones
! A weekly blog for each cover starts here
one was my favorite. 52!
posted by WolfDaddy at 11:04 PM PST - 27 comments
There may be some among us who can imagine 20 days in captivity; perhaps a fraction of those can imagine a full year deprived of liberty and most human contact. But 20 years? Downey and Fecteau have consistently sought to downplay their period of imprisonment; and neither has done what arguably too many former CIA officers do these days with far less justification: write a book. Downey has said that such a book would contain "500 blank pages," and Fecteau says the whole experience could be summed up by the word "boring."
Extraordinary Fidelity: Two CIA Prisoners in China, 1952–73 [secure link]
by Nicholas Dujmovic, a CIA historian and a veteran intelligence analyst. Time article about Downey and Fecteau
posted by Kattullus at 8:15 PM PST - 26 comments
Americas Favorite Architecture
- The American Institute of Architecture lists its 150 most favorite buildings as ranked by its members. Zoom-able photos and building information herein. You can also rate your top five.
posted by Burhanistan at 2:57 PM PST - 67 comments
Instead of yet another social networking site, why not try an anti-social
networking site? Presenting Spatula of Death
, where the goal is enmity, not community. Smite your
enemies or watch other people smite theirs, and you'll get to watch a poor stuffed monkey get whapped on the head with a spatula over a live web feed. Rate other users' smites, and have your own smites rated, earning Douchebag Points (TM) for the most cutting remarks and cruel behavior. The site was created as a thesis presentation for Tisch ITP at NYU; watch the creator discuss it
posted by Asparagirl at 12:35 PM PST - 14 comments
Aptitude Schmaptitude! While the state of mathematical incompetence in this country has been much lamented, most famously in Paulos's brilliant 1988 book Innumeracy, it is still tacitly accepted . . . Being incompetent in math has become not only acceptable in this widely innumerate culture, it has almost become a matter of pride. No one
goes around showing off that he is illiterate, or has no athletic ability, but declarations of innumeracy are constantly made without any embarrassment or shame.
posted by jason's_planet at 7:30 AM PST - 140 comments
(text and video). "The rays of sunlight reflected by a field of 600 huge mirrors are so intense they illuminate the water vapour and dust hanging in the air."
posted by stbalbach at 7:15 AM PST - 61 comments
The Wrong Trousers
(Quick! If the goofy song "Calvin" starts playing, click to play the other song, "Had") are an unconventional
folky music group, with an average age of 16.
Their stated influences are: Alfred Lord Tennyson, Joseph Campbell, Joni Mitchell, Salvadore Dali, Neil Innes, Thomas Jefferson, Matta and mom & dad. A friend of mine found them when he was nostalgically searching for an 80's music video and instead found this.
At first watch, I thought it was a gag (either intentional or not), but found it somehow compelling to watch. I think they remind me of what my brother and I and our friends would do in hish school, except with some talent. I really like I their original song,"Had." (The other song is a burlesquey thing that I don't). The word on this odd-looking group is apparently spreading.
posted by centerpunch at 5:48 AM PST - 34 comments