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August 29, 2008
Adam Savage's talk at The Last HOPE: Fascination with the Dodo Bird
parts: 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 A B C
(YouTubeFilter with a great audience Q&A session) [more inside]
posted by Chuckles at 9:20 PM PST - 37 comments
Enemy of the State.
Wolves in Alaska are gunned down from the air for cash bounties, their orphaned pups often discovered by agency biologists in the field and killed
. Alaskans soon vote on proposition 2
to stop the controversial slaughter that serves the interests of large game hunters.
posted by Brian B. at 7:34 PM PST - 30 comments
The Big Book of Lesbian Horse Stories needs your vote.
To celebrate the 30th anniversary of the Diagram Prize for Oddest Book Title of the Year, The Bookseller is pleased to announce the "Diagram of Diagrams" – a public vote to find the oddest book title of the past 30 years.
Direct link to poll page is here
. There are only a few days left to do your part for world-wide (literary) democracy!
posted by yhbc at 6:37 PM PST - 40 comments
They're everywhere; languishing on doorsteps, hanging out in the middle of the road, dangling off street signs, peeking out of piles of garbage, reclining in the middle of the sidewalk, riding the bus for free. London Bananas.
posted by netbros at 8:26 AM PST - 28 comments
, the BBC
have all revealed that Republican US presidential candidate John McCain has picked Alaskan Governor Sarah Palin
as his running mate on his 72nd birthday on the eve of the start of Republican National Convention
. Despite being wildly popular in Alaska, Palin has recently been involved in an investigation
over whether she dismissed a public safety commissioner because he refused to dismiss her former brother-in-law.
posted by HaloMan at 7:52 AM PST - 5604 comments
The Futility of Flogging Music
"I was pondering the other day whether I actually have a field of expertise. I thought for ages, and couldn't come up with anything, and then in a blinding flash I realised, with a slight sense of despondency, what it might be: being in bands that people have never heard of." Actually you may have heard of Rhodri Marsden
if you're caught the current Scritti Politti line-up in action, if you've ever followed the broadcasts of the late DJ John Peel, or if you've read Rhodri's technology column in UK newspaper the Independent. This week, in a speech to the Oxford Geek Night
, Marsden shared his caustic yet heartfelt observations on DIY music from the early 90s through to the digital age, sighing "I can think of nothing more soul destroying" than social networking and quoting post-punk icon of Pere Ubu as saying musicians should "screw the audience".
posted by skylar at 3:58 AM PST - 43 comments
Color Is Relative
, pretty and interesting eye candy created by Gabriel Mott, is a website dedicated to showing luminosity achieved through simple color combinations. On the site, the image is interactive. By moving the mouse over a single swatch the background color of the page will change to the same color. [more inside]
posted by nickyskye at 12:58 AM PST - 13 comments