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October 9, 2007
"He was a nice enough bloke at first..."
Murder And The Masseuse. Jenny went into the massage business—actual massage, not a euphemism for selling sex—after she nearly murdered her boss.
posted by amyms at 10:46 PM PST - 39 comments

Israel pwns Syrian RADAR with US-supplied infowar software
Report: Israel 'blinded' Syrian radar. After Israeli missile strike on Syria confirmed by both sides, the question remains – how did Israel's non-stealth jets infiltrate Syrian airspace undetected? US aerospace experts tell Aviation Week magazine that Israel used new US-developed technology that lets users invade and manipulate enemy communication networks.
posted by scalefree at 10:31 PM PST - 56 comments

The West Coast connection/U.S.-Latvia Axis of Hate
On July 1st, 26 year old Fiji-native Satender Singh was gay-bashed to death by several Slavic immigrants in Sacramento. [more inside]
posted by daninnj at 9:59 PM PST - 47 comments

writing and the Net
Is the net good for writers? "Now the web — and its democratizing impact — has spread for over a decade. Over a billion people can deliver their text to a very broad public. But what does it mean for writers and writing? What does it mean for those who specialize in writing well?"
posted by dhruva at 9:10 PM PST - 39 comments

I'm so regretting not being a Community Studies major now.
And I thought us UC Santa Cruz students and alums only had to deal with the defensive ticks we developed by being the stepchild to that other University of California in the Bay Area. But no! We apparently attended the Worst School in America!

The always endearing David Horowitz, in addition to posting an article showing the university's crimes-against-academia/cool-classes, was on Fox News decrying the University's policy of turning patriotic Midwestern kids into Molotov-throwing Marxists. After watching that clip, I do have to wonder what career paths are available to someone with a skillset that includes "Can organize anti-capitalist revolutions."
posted by Weebot at 8:59 PM PST - 43 comments

Tubular Salad.
On the menu this evening: 3) Human Catapult, trebuchet-flavored with a side of net. Human catapult, with parachute landing. Short version. Human catapult, without release. 2) Hammer juggling, well done. 1) X-wing vs. Y-Wing.
posted by loquacious at 8:36 PM PST - 15 comments

The Common Good
Government is good. An unapologetic defense of a vital institution. [more inside]
posted by edverb at 8:24 PM PST - 25 comments

Ron Howard's Directorial Debut
The first Grand Theft Auto.
posted by potch at 7:59 PM PST - 28 comments

When one isn't enough
Sick of the single link youtube post? Try a Hershey Bypass
posted by mattoxic at 7:36 PM PST - 29 comments

David Gildersleeve's art
David Gildersleeve is hell of artist, but it's his wordless "boy prints" that really stand out, despite the not so good web interface. [more inside]
posted by Brandon Blatcher at 6:24 PM PST - 12 comments

Under A Green Sky
Earth, 2100 AD. Atmospheric CO2 has doubled to 1000 ppm. From shore to the horizon, there is but an unending purple color -- a vast, flat, oily purple. No fish break its surface, no birds. We are under a pale green sky, and it has the smell of death and poison. Paleontologist Peter Ward's new book links past mass extinctions to global warming and shows, absent major changes, "Our world is hurtling toward carbon dioxide levels not seen since 60 million years ago, right after a greenhouse extinction." Maybe it's time for a heresy: nuclear energy's green, and renewables aren't.
posted by Bletch at 5:15 PM PST - 168 comments

Neuroscience and Mysticism
Searching for God in the Brain. "Researchers are unearthing the roots of religious feeling in the neural commotion that accompanies the spiritual epiphanies of nuns, Buddhists and other people of faith." [Via MindHacks, which points out a few niggling omissions in the article.]
posted by homunculus at 4:14 PM PST - 57 comments

Dew it yerself
How to make Mountain Dew glow in the dark. [more inside]
posted by MtDewd at 4:07 PM PST - 44 comments

Hot Tub At 15,000 Feet
Jacuzzi on the summit of Mont Blanc. Google translation.
posted by fandango_matt at 3:59 PM PST - 23 comments

Can't we just go Dutch?
If European and North American societies are morally responsible (print-friendly) for safeguarding free speech, should we also take financial responsibility for its proponents' safety (pf)? Hitchens seems to think so.

Today's moral dilemma is brought to you, of course, by the West's favourite Voltairian nightmare: prominent Islam critic, former Dutch MP, and scholar at the American Enterprise Institute, Ayaan Hirsi Ali.
posted by goodnewsfortheinsane at 3:25 PM PST - 17 comments

John Simpson, on actors
John Simpson, on actors.
posted by veedubya at 3:18 PM PST - 23 comments

French Fry Coated Hot Dogs!
The French Fry Coated Hot Dog and other artisan hot dogs from Korea.
posted by empath at 2:52 PM PST - 62 comments

Governing Migration
A Virtual Cartography of European Migration Policies MigMap conveys a picture of how and where the production of knowledge is currently taking place in the field of migration – and of who is participating in and has access to it. It investigates precisely how the new forms of supranational governance that can be observed in the European migration regime function. It looks, for example, at how European standards in politics and civil society are implemented, and at the authorities, persons and institutions taking part in this process. It examines how the various key players in the public and private spheres are interrelated and funded, as well as at the ways in which these spheres overlap or differ in terms of focus, location or personnel. Finally, it analyzes how responsibilities are allocated and legitimized – and explores the theories, data and discourses upon which current paradigms in migration are based. [more inside]
posted by psmealey at 2:07 PM PST - 12 comments

You = 13 cents
The Facebook Apps Top 30. Opening their source code to application developers, facebook won a strategic gamble. Now, these developers are making their own deals. The I am Hungry application went for just over $20,000, or around 13 cents for data of every user who signed up. But don't worry, you have a chance to bid for yourself.
posted by parmanparman at 12:58 PM PST - 36 comments

Team Fortress 2
Ignis Solus is a machinima made using Team Fortress 2. If you can't get enough, check out the Valve created ones. Meet the Engineer, Soldier, Heavy Weapons Guy and Demoman .
posted by Lord_Pall at 12:53 PM PST - 27 comments

what is a randonneur? why, french for badass, of course
It is the oldest currently active bike ride in the world. Older than the Tour, the Giro and Race Across America, the Paris-Brest-Paris is a 1200km (750 mile) odyssey from the outskirts of Paris to the coast of Normandy and back that must be completed in 90 hours. It is no longer a professional race, having fallen out of favor amongst racers who viewed it as too grueling for too low a set of stakes. Instead, PBP and its offspring (London-Edinburgh-London, the Rocky Mountain 1200 and Perth-Albany-Perth) are ridden by a group of amateur riders known as randonneurs. [more inside]
posted by bl1nk at 11:25 AM PST - 17 comments

Alexandra Boulat
Alexandra Boulat, one of the world's top women photojournalists has passed away. Her work will continue to inspire (quicktime slideshow+audio). [more inside]
posted by ig at 9:21 AM PST - 13 comments

"If I could do what I want right now, I would put out my next album, you could download it from my site at as high a bit-rate as you want, pay $4 through PayPal."
Trent Reznor of Nine Inch Nails plans to join Radiohead in the self-distribution game. Reznor's public feud with Interscope records reached its head recently; the musician was forced to finance the alternate reality game promotion of Year Zero himself and was shocked at the record label's pricing in Australia. With the release of Year Zero Remixed, Reznor will be free to go his own way.
posted by beaucoupkevin at 9:00 AM PST - 59 comments

Falling
Hillary Clinton Falling In pantsuit or Bikini. Made by Planet Dan. That is all. (Previous empty suit)
posted by growabrain at 8:50 AM PST - 53 comments

Unusual Homes. Amazing Architecture. Strange Places. Fascinating People.
Unusual Life Dot Com: Unusual Homes. Amazing Architecture. Strange Places. Fascinating People.
posted by dersins at 8:44 AM PST - 13 comments

African Time
There is time, and there is "African time". The Ivory Coast is fighting chronic lateness with a contest that offered a $60,000 villa as its grand prize. The winner, legal adviser Narcisse Aka, is known by his colleagues as "Mr. White Man's Time" and said that his punctuality makes him feel like "an extra-terrestrial."
posted by stbalbach at 8:37 AM PST - 54 comments

Who's Soft on Terrorism?
Who's soft on terrorism? Surely not the Democrats, who are about to enable the National Security Agency to extend its secret domestic wiretapping program after saying otherwise for months. Surely not the Republican White House, determined to rush out a new Osama bin Laden video even if it burns an intelligence connection spying on Al Qaeda that has been carefully cultivated for years.
posted by digaman at 8:02 AM PST - 81 comments

The Christianity Candidate
He's the candidate God would vote for, if God could legally vote. Not endorsed by Richard Dawkins, Christopher Hitchens, or that Sam Harris dude. Previously.
posted by malaprohibita at 7:33 AM PST - 23 comments

I fought Vinderen Elektriske, and won
They stole an image of my son and just had to pay $4000. About a year ago I was surprised when I saw an image of my son in an ad for a shop called “Vinderen Elektriske”, selling electronics.
posted by Ljubljana at 7:01 AM PST - 73 comments

30-Year Laptop Battery?
Betavoltaic Batteries are supposed to last 30 years, run cool, and be inert and harmless when depleted. The batteries, which generate electricity from radioactive decay, have a 50-year development history, but breakthroughs at the U.S. Air Force Research Lab are said to make the batteries practical for use in consumer applications. So why doesn't the Air Force lab's website feature this discovery? Maybe because it's a hoax, or a scam.
posted by Kirth Gerson at 6:46 AM PST - 22 comments

Django
The most creative jazz musician to originate anywhere outside the United States (Duke Ellington) is maybe the great guitarist Django Reinhardt. It is true that he gave birth to a style which is now played by many musicians. His achievements are outstanding, if we consider the events of his life. He still fascinates both the scholar (great links but in need of some work : see french wiki for more biographic details) among other things because of controversial details (his survival during WWII and the very origin of swing manouche (gypsy jazz)) and the aspiring guitarist (more) (essential resource). But it's maybe better just to listen - and watch - him play. Further watching : Nuages, an amateur documentary in 1 2 3 4 5 parts. Previously.
posted by nicolin at 6:26 AM PST - 17 comments

Rachmaninoff had big hands
Rachmaninoff had big hands. (More from Igudesman and Joo (flash), former students of Yehudi Menuhin). [more inside]
posted by imposster at 6:21 AM PST - 18 comments

Rube Goldberg meets Flash Friday
Launchball : Think a stylised, fluoro version of The Incredible Machine. And when you finish the level, it reveals a science fact -- which you can pretend to read and claim it's educational...
posted by robcorr at 3:35 AM PST - 36 comments

Where there is no doctor
"Where there is no doctor", a "village health-care handbook", was originally published by Mexican health activists in 1973 as a response to a critical lack of medical care among Mexico's poor. Now available for free download, the book covers such topics as "Family Planning" [pdf], Healing without Medicines [pdf], Common Medicines, their uses and doses [pdf], the right and wrong uses of modern medicines [pdf], and (in the midwives edition) DIY abortion [pdf]. [more inside]
posted by Avenger at 3:34 AM PST - 11 comments