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October 8, 2011
Now I understand why Manchester has such a passion.
The shape of England suggests a woman conscious of the size of her breasts. [more inside]
posted by Yakuman at 10:48 PM PST - 68 comments

Making pens
Making pens in china. [more inside]
posted by Ad hominem at 9:49 PM PST - 38 comments

OK, I'll Be That Spokesman
Alan Grayson on Occupy Wall Street, on Bill Maher [SLYT]
posted by crayz at 9:22 PM PST - 100 comments

Amaizing Field of Dreams
7 HUGE "corn mazes" celebrating 50 years of human spaceflight [infographic/poster].
posted by Mike Mongo at 9:09 PM PST - 8 comments

"One was trying to go to school; the other didn’t want her there."
Together, Elizabeth Eckford and Hazel Bryan starred in one of the most memorable photographs of the Civil Rights era. But their story had only just begun. “True reconciliation can occur only when we honestly acknowledge our painful, but shared, past.” – Elizabeth Eckford. (Hazel would) have liked to have had her own sticker, one that said, ‘‘True reconciliation can occur only when we honestly let go of resentment and hatred, and move forward.’’
posted by malibustacey9999 at 8:54 PM PST - 16 comments

Approval Rating Rollercoaster
You would be hard pressed to find an article about Obama that didn't mention approval ratings. Ditto during Bush's presidency. This interactive graph lets you compare approval ratings over time for presidents since Truman (article itself is dated but the chart is current). This graph offers less interactivity but adds some historical points of context.
posted by Defenestrator at 7:35 PM PST - 15 comments

"Each day we do another one — at least one."
Patients at Seattle Children’s Hospital are finding messages written to them in huge letters when they look outside their windows. The Ironworkers Local 86 crew assembling the frame of the hospital's new seven-story expansion building next door have been spray-painting greetings to them on the steel beams. "The new building’s skeleton is alive" with more than 50 names: "greetings to Kitty, Colby, Kyle and Istvan. To Violet, Seth, Josh and Austin. To Rachel, Adam, Gillie-Jane and Christofer." Photo Gallery. Local television news segment. (Via)
posted by zarq at 6:35 PM PST - 27 comments

Women of the Future, 1902
Women of the Future, 1902 (via) [more inside]
posted by quiet coyote at 6:17 PM PST - 32 comments

My name is LUCA, I live on the ocean floor.
Scientists have come closer to finding the common ancestor of all Earth life. The last common universal ancestor (LUCA) is an idea that goes back to Charles Darwin's On the Origin of Species and whose existence is supported by the fact that all Earth life is based on DNA. But the tantalizing search is getting closer, primarily based on the question, "Which features of the archaea, bacteria and eukaryotes can be traced back to their common ancestor, LUCA?"
posted by Renoroc at 5:09 PM PST - 34 comments

Poop Splash Elimination
Poop Splash Elimination
posted by nam3d at 4:32 PM PST - 62 comments

A Twonky is something that you do not know what it is.
One of the more terrifying monsters to haunt the human imagination: The Twonky (yt). [more inside]
posted by kuujjuarapik at 3:57 PM PST - 19 comments

Who Watches The Robots?
Wired Magazine: Mystery virus hits U.S drone fleet
posted by The Whelk at 3:06 PM PST - 68 comments

Longform investigative journalism remains awesome
According to national statistics, one in three Native American women will be raped in their lifetimes. Vanguard correspondent Mariana Van Zeller travels to Rosebud reservation in South Dakota to investigate the alarmingly high incidence of rape and sexual assaults. What happened to 19-year-old Marquita, and how can the reservation's understaffed police force keep it from happening again? Candid interviews with her family members, classmates and police reveal many of the disturbing social attitudes and behaviors that lead up to her death. It is one of many compelling guides to the kinds of lives most never see in Current TV's season before last of Vanguard. (previously) [more inside]
posted by Blasdelb at 2:52 PM PST - 29 comments

Eagle!
Eagle, in glorious high-speed HD resolution. [SLYT]
posted by stonepharisee at 2:37 PM PST - 21 comments

"Bundestrojaner"
Chaos Computer Club analyzes government malware The Chaos Computer Club got their hands on something they think is the fabled “Bundestrojaner” – the software the German government is using for computer surveillance. F-Secure announced they’ll add that software to their list of malware.
posted by dominik at 2:09 PM PST - 19 comments

300 Tracks, 60 minutes, one file.
Royal Sapien's Stacked combines 300 tracks from multiple genres into one dense, heady mix. Artists included range from Mark Mothersbaugh to Orbital with visits by Janet Jackson, Underworld, M83 and Undisputed Truth. [more inside]
posted by beaucoupkevin at 12:41 PM PST - 51 comments

the difference between power and electricity
The failure to fix electricity infrastructure in Afghanistan. IEEE Spectrum published a damning investigation into the ongoing incompetence, corruption, and waste of the USAID and its murky cost-plus contracts, some 'so vague that it did not require the contractor to provide "specific deliverables with concrete delivery dates."' [from here] Not surprisingly, they spend a lot of money. previously
posted by thandal at 12:33 PM PST - 5 comments

Bonus: there is a kitten on the front page!
Pianorama is minimalistic online radio service playing piano music 24/7 and with no ads. Frontage is in Russian, but it doesn't matter: just press little 'play' button to start listening.
posted by usertm at 12:27 PM PST - 16 comments

Landscapes: Volume Two
Beautiful motion controlled time lapse video of landscapes in Arizona and Utah by Dustin Farrell.
posted by quin at 12:26 PM PST - 9 comments

What did they wear Down Under?
What kind of uniform did prisoners transported to Australia in the 19th century wear? How did you keep yourself in underwear despite WWII rationing? Check out the Australian Dress Register--it's more than just dresses!
posted by Horace Rumpole at 11:37 AM PST - 12 comments

The Power of Compassion
The power of compassion.
posted by eggtooth at 11:17 AM PST - 11 comments

Can't Beat A Bit Of Bully
Bullseye Contestants (I don't think they've got to the murderer yet) [more inside]
posted by fearfulsymmetry at 9:31 AM PST - 17 comments

You don't need a visa on Google+
The Dalai Lama was prevented from going to South Africa for Desmond Tutu's 80th birthday by visa problems. So they used Google+ to "Hangout" instead.
posted by desjardins at 9:25 AM PST - 24 comments

Gauche the Cellist, a Japanese short story and animated movie
Gauche the Cellist [Google video, 63 minutes] is based on a story [Japanese; English translation #1, #2] by Kenji Miyazawa, one of the most-loved poet/storytellers in Japan (Miyazaki and Takahata love his works, and have been influenced by him). The movie was made as an independent project by a Japanese animation studio, OH Production (wiki), and took 6 years to complete. It is rather difficult to make a Kenji story into a movie because there are many Japanese just waiting to rip you apart if you screw up, but Gauche has been highly acclaimed, and is considered one of the best Miyazawa movies (IMDb). The story is about a cellist, Gauche, who becomes a better cellist by interacting with animals who visit his home every night. *
posted by filthy light thief at 9:12 AM PST - 8 comments

Just Win, Baby.
Al Davis, 1929 - 2011. The owner of the Oakland (Los Angeles, then Oakland again) Raiders was one of the most important figures in U.S. sports history, known as much for his cantankerous relationship with fellow owners and city leaders as his team's success on the field. Davis also hired the first black head coach of the modern era, the first Latino coach and the NFL's first female CEO. Moreover, the Raiders morphed into a worldwide brand as the team’s colors, swagger and anti-establishment ethos became linked with the hip-hop scene that was permeating South Central Los Angeles.
posted by Cool Papa Bell at 9:10 AM PST - 43 comments

Syd Dale, Legend of Library
There is no questioning Syd Dale's [mid-60s UK NSFW] place amongst the legends of library music. ... his lavish big band inspired compositions were quickly brought to the public's attention through their use in countless t.v. shows and advertisements. Much of his work could be as classed as easy listening however Dale was also adept at incorporating elements of funk and spy jazz.* [The music of the 1967 Spider-Man animated TV series - to which he so memorably contributed - has been discussed previously.] [more inside]
posted by Trurl at 8:11 AM PST - 10 comments