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May 22, 2007
Post Apocalyptic Giant Beetle
Terrifyingly awesome giant robotic beetle. Sadly, only a sculpture... for now...
posted by jonson at 9:54 PM PST - 25 comments

Bet there's some drunk dialling in there.
No denying it now... So this guy bought an answering machine in 1985. And kept all the tapes. Now they're a documentary. (clip 1,clip 2, via & interview)
posted by imperium at 8:40 PM PST - 19 comments

Video journalism!
Business POV It is a forum for state-of-the-art business journalism using an innovative format: online video. Viewers can watch new, completely original, locally produced video profiles of companies, people and products that fall into our three main interest areas: innovation, entrepreneurship and the creative culture (advertising, graphic design, architecture, the arts). New content is posted Monday-Friday. Check out the archives section (Jason Fried, from 37 Signals is interviewed). Enjoy!
posted by zerobyproxy at 7:12 PM PST - 11 comments

I'd buy that for a dollar
My Million Dollar Ideas "Ever since I thought up of the basic idea of the World Wide Web in 1990 and didn't write it down, I thought I should start documenting these more." Jon Konrath takes notes on certain of his harebrained ideas. Examples to date: the pneumatic-tube-food-delivery theme restaurant 'Tubes,' America's next hit gameshow 'Heads or Tails,' and several ideas that combine the concepts of American status-seeking image-consciousness, SUVs, car conversion kits, and hybrids.
posted by mwhybark at 6:55 PM PST - 37 comments

None if by land, two if....oh, it's all so depressing.
The Emos are coming! The Utah ABC affiliate has the skinny on the newest thing that's killing today's children. Emo. (No, not THAT Emo.)
posted by nevercalm at 3:50 PM PST - 139 comments

I can has vacuum!
Time to vacuum the cat. (YouTube, single link, via).
posted by scalefree at 3:41 PM PST - 64 comments

Fan Hub Hub-bub
FanLib's mission is "to bring fan fiction out of the shadows and into the limelight." But mostly FanLib is just a multi-fandom fanfiction archive seeking to make money off of the fans through ad space. Not all fans are happy about this. Does this matter? Henry Jenkins, Director of the MIT Comparative Media Studies Program thinks so.
posted by FunkyHelix at 3:27 PM PST - 58 comments

The man who owns the Internet
Meet Kevin Ham, the man who owns the Internet
posted by MetaMonkey at 2:14 PM PST - 57 comments

Suicide Attack kaiten 回天
The Kaiten Memorial Museum on Otsushima Island, on the site of the original kaiten base. WWII Japanese suicide tactics included planes, boats, and suicide submarines. The submarine discovered recently near Sydney harbor was not such a craft, yet the pilots took their own lives rather than lead their pursuers to the I-class mother submarines nearby.
posted by acro at 2:07 PM PST - 10 comments

Interview with Ze Frank on creativity
Interview with Ze Frank on creativity Ze Frank discusses some techniques he learned himself to harness his creativity. Apart from his quite creative daily online video, which is now defunct, he's apparently also an adjunct professor at NYU's Tisch School of the Arts, Parsons School of Design, and SUNY Purchase.
posted by jouke at 1:50 PM PST - 19 comments

Balloon popping photography at the Maker Faire
Here's a set of some great balloon popping photography from the Maker Faire this past weekend. My favorites: 1, 2, 3
posted by soplerfo at 1:05 PM PST - 19 comments

Al Gore Approved of my Lunch
Did you know you can save the world by eating my favorite lunch? Muffleuppa globba dupp!
posted by valentinepig at 12:12 PM PST - 79 comments

So do we "look like" our online handles, too?
"He looks like a Bob." True? Apparently so. Researchers at Miami University have shown quantitatively that certain names are associated with certain facial features. Here's their press release; an article on their research will be published in the Psychonomic Bulletin & Review. (Of further interest: the bouba/kiki effect)
posted by Melinika at 11:37 AM PST - 81 comments

"The station's gaffes have included broadcasting in December 2006 a 68-minute call to arms against Israelis by a senior figure of the terrorist group Hezbollah..."
Al Hurra television, the U.S. government's $63 million-a-year effort at public diplomacy broadcasting in the Middle East, is run by executives and officials who cannot speak Arabic, according to a senior official who oversees the program. That might explain why critics say the service has recently been caught broadcasting terrorist messages, ... from their About US page: Alhurra is operated by non-profit corporation “The Middle East Broadcasting Networks, Inc.” (MBN). MBN is financed by the American people through the U.S Congress. US Govt. Accountability Office abstract about other MBN problems here.
posted by amberglow at 11:21 AM PST - 44 comments

Fire and water, musta made you their daughter...
Andy Fraser, the man who wrote and played on 'All Right Now,' one of the great swaggering rock songs, talks about his music, sexuality and living with AIDS in this exhaustive interview
posted by jonmc at 10:44 AM PST - 18 comments

Bruce Willis is a ghost
Do you like to read spoilers? If so, then you might be interested in one of these t-shirts.
posted by bove at 10:37 AM PST - 78 comments

RIP Slobo
Slobodan Milosevic has died. Again. I'm sure everyone in the vampire community will miss him - whatever your personal feelings about him, there's no denying his contributions to bloodsucking. Truly a Yugoslavian icon.
posted by Krrrlson at 10:28 AM PST - 50 comments

Wild Kingdom face off - lions vs. buffalo vs. crocs
Animal Face Off! A herd of buffalo battle a pride of lions and two crocodiles. Like "The Warriors" at a watering hole.
posted by Kraftmatic Adjustable Cheese at 9:57 AM PST - 45 comments

Flash Onslaught.
What did you do this weekend? I played Onslaught a mildly addictive, protect your base using upgradeable towers, flash game. Basic manual, extra detail FAQ and unlimited* money sandbox version.
posted by Mitheral at 9:36 AM PST - 12 comments

Endless Zombie Rampage
Endless Zombie Rampage [flash] [coda]
posted by stavrosthewonderchicken at 9:20 AM PST - 25 comments

Count von Rosen and The Babies of Biafra
On May 22, 1969, the Babies of Biafra launched their first attack against Nigeria. The Babies were a fleet of 5 civilian single-engine SAAB aircraft outfitted with unguided rocket launchers. They were going up against an air force composed of MIGs and Ilyushin bombers, flown by English, South African and Egyptian mercenaries. Their leader was Carl Gustaf von Rosen, a Swede who was Herman Goering’s nephew-in-law. (More inside)
posted by forrest at 8:47 AM PST - 17 comments

Exploring the world of Japanese whisky
Exploring the world of Japanese whisky. [via mefi projects]
posted by chunking express at 8:31 AM PST - 27 comments

Voice from the Cave of Gold
Sorley MacLean Probably best known for Hallaig, MacLean (Somhairle MacGill-Eain) was one of the finest poets of the twentieth century and has been credited with a renaissance in the literature of his native Scots Gaelic. The site has information about his life, critical writings and poetry, and some audio and video of the great man reading and talking about his work.
posted by Abiezer at 8:26 AM PST - 5 comments

Knocking Documentary on Jehovah's Witnesses
"KNOCKING opens the door on Jehovah's Witnesses. They are moral conservatives who stay out of politics and the Culture War, but they won a record number of court cases expanding freedom for everyone. They refuse blood transfusions on religious grounds, but they embrace the science behind bloodless surgery. In Nazi Germany, they could fight for Hitler or go to the concentration camps. They chose the camps." View Trailer for KNOCKING, a surprisingly well-reviewed documentary about Jehovah's Witnesses, which airs tonight in most cities on PBS's Independant Lens. ..Filmmaker Q&A
posted by thisisdrew at 6:39 AM PST - 63 comments

"If people can't trust that journalists are journalists, then we are on the road to intellectual anarchy."
Vancouver police posed as journalists to lure out and arrest the activist who threatened to bring protest of the 2010 Vancouver Olympics to the doorsteps of Olympic officials - and it isn't the first time police in BC have impersonated the media to make an arrest. The Canadian Association of Journalists is not amused, but a constable speaking for the VPD "doubts the outrage from the person on the street over the issue would be the same as it has been from the journalistic community". (Previously)
posted by blackberet at 6:37 AM PST - 46 comments

Brood XIII
The invasion has begun. Millions of big, ugly, red-eyed, noisy bugs are beginning an invasion of the Midwestern U.S. today. It won't be pretty. And it's not the first time. Remain calm - the invasion may not be as big a deal as predicted.
posted by Kirth Gerson at 4:59 AM PST - 51 comments

Loving them to death
My colleagues and I were witnessing the result of low admission standards. Were we expecting too much of young people who scored poorly on the SAT, who were rarely challenged to excel in high school, who were not motivated to take advantage of opportunities to learn, who could not imagine where a sound education could take them?
posted by landis at 4:44 AM PST - 132 comments

Free to Be... You and Me
Free to Be... You and Me
posted by thirteenkiller at 4:31 AM PST - 56 comments

Great Guitar Education site
Guitarweek is quite easily one of the best, if not the best, guitar education websites on the web. Check out the Chord worksheets. The load of free lessons, plus some members-only flash lessons. It's a real labor of love by a pretty interesting guy, who like a lot of people who work more for a passion than money, appears to have trouble making ends meet on it. Membership is amazingly cheap to boot.
posted by bluevelvetelvis at 3:14 AM PST - 9 comments

I can't wait 'til this thing is fully operational
A convention centre you say? Gosh, I wonder what sort of convention might want to turn up to a building like this?
posted by NinjaTadpole at 2:36 AM PST - 21 comments