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May 13, 2011
PBS's excellent weekly news magazine, Need to Know
why European broadband speeds are racing ahead of the USA. Britain now has 400 broadband suppliers with service available for as little as $6/month. Bonus: Harvard's Berkman Center reports
on broadband supply trends around the world.
posted by anigbrowl at 11:08 PM PST - 53 comments
The most famous Steinberger design is the L-series instrument... made entirely of the Steinberger Blend, a proprietary graphite and carbon fiber mix in two pieces: the main body and a faceplate. It had no headstock for tuning, tuning instead at a redesigned tailpiece using micrometer-style tuners and special strings with a ball at both ends.
posted by Trurl at 7:29 PM PST - 43 comments
If you have had sex in Florida in the last week, technically, you broke the law.
Due to some unfortunate wording, Florida's new bestiality law technically outlawed sex between two animals.
"An act relating to sexual activities involving animals; creating s. 828.126, F.S.; providing definitions; prohibiting knowing sexual conduct or sexual contact with an animal; prohibiting specified related activities; providing penalties; providing that the act does not apply to certain husbandry, conformation judging, and veterinary practices; providing an effective date."
posted by Leisure_Muffin at 6:00 PM PST - 88 comments
It is 2007, and R.P. Salazar is living in Waco, Texas. His email username is rpsalazar. One day an email arrives addressed to another rpsalazar, meant for someone with the same initials and surname but a slightly different email address. He sends it along to the right person, an R.P. Salazar living in Bangkok. Before clicking Send he adds a p.s.: "How's the weather in Bangkok?"
Before the end of 2007, Ruben Salazar and Rachel Salazar are married. Storycorps and NPR report the whole story
. (The text is good, but the audio is even better. Click "Listen to the Story.")
posted by mark7570 at 5:55 PM PST - 21 comments
A documentary by David Markey of the last Black Flag tour in 1986. Besides the Flag (Greg Ginn, Henry Rollins, Cel Revulta, and Anthony Martinez), the tour lineup also included Painted Willie and Gone, which featured two future members of the Rollins Band. Rollins mentioned the documentary on Twitter
--actually, his second-ever tweet
posted by Halloween Jack at 5:49 PM PST - 5 comments
“Happy” was the theme we were given by the organizers for this year's F5 Re:Play Fest, held in April in NYC, to create this edition's pieces, probably the hardest thing to convey in any artistic expression. After a good deal of introspection, and teaming up with awesome motion graphics artist Gerardo del Hierro, we decided that happy wasn't happy for Physalia unless pliers, microchips and a bit of soldering were involved, and with this idea we resolved to create the happiest machine Physalia has built to date. [more inside]
posted by nickyskye at 4:38 PM PST - 7 comments
10 short, experimental, animated films by Osamu Tezuka, godfather of anime
, Broken Down Film
, Story of a Street Corner
, Self Portrait
. Tezuka is best known in the West for creating Astro Boy, Kimba the White Lion and the mangas Buddha, Phoenix and Black Jack. Here is an interview where Tezuka talks about his shorter, experimental films
posted by Kattullus at 3:32 PM PST - 11 comments
Is Sappho's so called "Ode to Anactoria"
the first literary reference to limerence?
Coined in a book
by psychology professor Dorothy Tennov in 1979 and soon covered
by Time Magazine, limerence involves "intrusive thinking about the object of your passionate desire". Is it just a fancy term for callow infatuation or the unrequited love behind many great novels
and young suicides
? Whatever its reality, or corrosive effect, Tennov believed that central to limerence is "the desire for limerence itself".
posted by joannemullen at 6:07 AM PST - 34 comments