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October 3, 2007
It's a lesson all listserv managers dread learning the hard way: Don't let your subscribers "Reply to All." The WSJ Washington Wire reports on an incident today
in which one user's reply started all those on a Department of Homeland Security "Open Source Intelligence Report" e-mail list on a chain-reaction of replies and counter replies that offers lessons on how (not?) to run an e-mail list. Maybe Michael Chertoff was on to something last year when he stopped using e-mail at all
posted by mmahaffie at 8:39 PM PST - 42 comments
Picture if you will Mississippi, a state still sweltering from heat, and injustice. A place where juke joints in and around Clarksdale are still home to the blues. Junior Kimbrough redefined the blues here. He started playing at a young age, but he was 62 before he released his first album, just 5 years before he died of heart failure in Holly Springs. Sad Days, Lonely Nights [Youtube] [more inside]
posted by nola at 6:44 PM PST - 8 comments
"...Each of the 100 wallets contained $2.10 in real money, a fake $50.00 gift certificate, some miscellaneous items and a clearly written ID card identifying the lost wallet's rightful owner. We were curious as to how honest people would be and wanted to see how different groups would compare to each other. For example, who would return the wallets more often... men or women? Young or old?" Results.
posted by goo at 2:16 PM PST - 104 comments
Darling it's better down where it's wetter.
For $2.5 million, this beautiful home can be yours: Jelly-fish 45, designed by Giancarlo Zema is a floating dwelling unit for up to six persons. It's spacious dimensions are 10 metres high with a diameter of over 15 metres. The Jelly-fish 45 would be ideally situated in sea parks, atolls, bays and seas rich in flora and fauna. The Jelly-fish 45 allows the sea dwelling owners to live either above or below sea level in perfect harmony with the ocean environment.
posted by Astro Zombie at 12:11 PM PST - 54 comments
(the Portuguese for 'crying', pronounced "shoh-roh") is a style of Brazilian music that originated in Rio de Janeiro in the nineteenth century. Choro
combines Afro-Brazilian rhythms with conventions of European dance music
. It is primarily instrumental music with great scope for improvisation and is traditionally played by flute or clarinet, guitar and/or cavaquinho
(page includes English translation), although banjo or bandolim
are also commonly heard.
Some names to know in choro are Pixinguinha
(1897-1973), Jacob do Bandolim
(1918-1969), and Paulinho da Viola
, (born 1942). [more inside]
posted by winna at 10:01 AM PST - 15 comments
Shoegazing (also known as shoegaze or shoegazer; practitioners referred to as shoegazers) is a genre of alternative rock that emerged from the United Kingdom in the late 1980s. It lasted until the mid 1990s, peaking circa 1990 to 1991. The British music press (notably NME
and Melody Maker) called this genre "shoegazing" because the musicians in these bands often maintained a motionless performing style, standing on stage and staring at the floor while playing their instruments; hence, the idea that they were gazing at their shoes. The shoegazing sound featured extensive use of guitar effects, and indistinguishable vocal melodies that blended into the creative noise of the guitars. Some notable bands are Ride
, and American bands Lilys
and the Swirlies
. [more inside]
posted by psmealey at 7:41 AM PST - 113 comments
If you like electronic music, you probably already know about some of the blogs
free live set downloads. You might even know about mpiii
. But, they all pale in comparison to the one and only mixes db.
posted by milarepa at 7:37 AM PST - 26 comments
Why is there so much Viking
in Boston? The answer lies in racism and baking powder. Eben Horsfeld revolutionized bread-making in the 1890s
when he developed Rumford's Baking Powder
. Inspired by a Norwegian superstar and nationalist
and a mysterious stone
, he became convinced that the Viking Lief Ericson
had landed in Cambridge, which he called Norumbega
, and funded monuments and research to that effect. The Boston elite, threatened by new Irish immigrants, quickly seized on this concept, since it showed that the cleaned-up Viking, and not Catholic Columbus, that had first settled their sacred city
. A century later, it was discovered that the Vikings did reach America first
, though never Boston.
posted by blahblahblah at 7:12 AM PST - 34 comments
So you want to own a dog, but without all the hassles of dog ownership? Well, there's always doggy
daycare, dog walkers and even bakeries that cater to Cujo. But in the end, you're still stuck with the
worst chore of all - picking up all the yard mines that Poopsy has left for you. Not anymore
posted by itchylick at 6:58 AM PST - 32 comments
Handbags of Horror
High-fashion handbags: They're expensive and ugly. So ugly, in fact, that they could only have been inspired by monsters from horror movies. Radar compares and contrasts.
posted by Faint of Butt at 3:15 AM PST - 23 comments
The Right Livelihood Award
"celebrates and supports people of vision. People who have ideas and apply them in concrete initiatives for the public good. They give hope for tomorrow, for a world in peace and balance. They demonstrate how we can overcome oppression, war, poverty, the destruction of our environment, and a widespread sense of meaninglessness and fear."
posted by homunculus at 1:16 AM PST - 6 comments