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October 10, 2009
Land of the Freep
American things that Barack Obama has made unAmerican
posted by Artw at 11:23 PM PST - 76 comments

Danger data loss
T-Mobile and Microsoft/Danger probably lost all Sidekick users' data. They continue to advise customers to NOT reset their device by removing the battery or letting their battery drain completely, as any personal content that currently resides on your device will be lost.
posted by finite at 10:29 PM PST - 125 comments

Coming to a T-shirt near you
Chaos Reigns! [more inside]
posted by philip-random at 10:08 PM PST - 39 comments

Iceland and datacenters
After a disastrous experience with international banking, Iceland has a new angle to attract investment. BBC News reports that a company called Verne Global is currently converting an unused warehouse at the former US Navy airbase (Keflavik) near Reykjavik into a carrier neutral datacenter / colocation facility. The promise is abundant carbon-neutral low cost electricity and the lack of need for any air conditioner system. With a mean June/July temperature of only 13C, Iceland can use air side cooling to dissipate the heat generated by densely packed servers. Iceland is not exactly the best place in the world telecom-wise, but it is linked to Europe and North America by the FARICE , DANICE and CANTAT-3 cables.
posted by thewalrus at 9:58 PM PST - 15 comments

Obama reaffirms committments to the GLBT community
While Obama strongly reaffirms his promises to the GLBT community, not everyone is convinced. [more inside]
posted by VikingSword at 9:10 PM PST - 258 comments

Norazo VS DJ Ozma
In this corner, Norazo from Korea, singing about Superman, risking one's life, and that wonderful fish the mackerel (sung in an actual fish market). And in the other, DJ Ozma from Japan, singing about Spiderman, drinking, and Age Age Every Night (videos may be NSFW). [more inside]
posted by needled at 7:56 PM PST - 10 comments

Marge and Hef
Marge: the centerfold 'nuf said
posted by HuronBob at 7:34 PM PST - 82 comments

Star Gard!
All those who have gone before you have perished. Star Gard! Retro-shooty platformer for PC and Mac that rethinks character death. [more inside]
posted by The Devil Tesla at 7:19 PM PST - 11 comments

"... that dear octopus from whose tentacles we never quite escape"
Vulgar Army: Octoprop to Octopop is "an informal study into the representation of the Octopus in propaganda and political cartoons, and influence on, or co-option of, popular culture." [more inside]
posted by ollyollyoxenfree at 6:18 PM PST - 10 comments

When mod doesn't mean truck nutz
Whether it's trailer hitches or complete rebody customizations; Ford, GM and Dodge all provide guides to body builders or upfitters to make safe and reliable modifications to light and medium duty trucks and vans. The guides contain wiring diagrams; dimensions and specifications (eg: how much weight can you put on your van's roof); emissions information; and information on areas to avoid mounting equipment in for safety. [more inside]
posted by Mitheral at 5:19 PM PST - 9 comments

Hermann the German
Fans of Tacitus's Germania, meet Hermann.
posted by oldleada at 5:08 PM PST - 11 comments

Christmas taken care of.
HIV Clock. Masturbating dinosaur wall art. Kitten Head on Amputee. Regretsy posts some of the stranger items offered for sale on Etsy.
posted by permafrost at 1:37 PM PST - 63 comments

Obvious Child
Why deny the obvious(,) child? Short film. Romantic Comedy. Paul Simon. Abortion.
posted by pick_the_flowers at 1:02 PM PST - 18 comments

How Google Plans to Stay Ahead in Search
"We ran over 5,000 experiments last year. Probably 10 experiments for every successful launch. We launch on the order of 100 to 120 a quarter. We have dozens of people working just on the measurement part. We have statisticians who know how to analyze data, we have engineers to build the tools. We have at least five or 10 tools where I can go and see here are five bad things that happened." Udi Manber, Google’s vice-president of technology, explains the business of running a search department. "It takes a very, very good engineer about two years to really understand search." From a surprisingly candid series of articles detailing the business of Google, "Can Google Stay on Top of the Web?" [more inside]
posted by geoff. at 12:50 PM PST - 21 comments

Beating Swords into Plowshares, Micronesian-Style
The Pacific theatre of World War 2 left many traces behind. The shipwrecks of Chuuk Lagoon are probably the most famous, but they're hardly the primary reminders of former military action present in the day-to-day lives of many Micronesians. [more inside]
posted by barnacles at 12:34 PM PST - 12 comments

I suggested Polly was now a product so we wrapped her up like one.
Maria Mochnacz, photographer mostly known for her work with PJ Harvey, now has a YouTube channel (Some pictures may be NSFW)
posted by Lanark at 11:57 AM PST - 6 comments

Where did you learn to fly?
"So why bring up this sore spot in 2009, roughly 16 years after the Jaguar's ill-fated launch? Because as an artifact of video game history, the Jaguar speaks volumes about where we've been, where we are, and where we're going." Linking the past, present, and future: The Atari Jaguar as console artifact [more inside]
posted by joedan at 9:45 AM PST - 33 comments

Bento! Plus, How to Get Ready for Work in Five Minutes.
Anna the Red's Bento Factory presents Where the Wild Things Are (plus part 2), and Just Bento points to a video on how to get up, eat breakfast and get ready for work in 5 mins! More bento. Previous bento.
posted by milquetoast at 9:45 AM PST - 7 comments

Técső Banda tear it up.
Fiddle, accordion, and a singing drummer. Seven minutes and fifty seven seconds of Gypsy music from Ukraine, live in Budapest. The real thing. Totally wailing. Kickass. Técső Banda at Kertem.
posted by flapjax at midnite at 9:13 AM PST - 23 comments

Need Firefox 0.8?
Remember when your computer just worked? Did you click 'OK' to that recommended update on programs like iTunes, Adobe Reader, or Yahoo Messenger, only to realize that the older version ran faster or had better features? Then Version Download may be your solution. Includes back-level versions of browsers, audio and video, security and anti-virus, FTP, file-sharing and communications software.
posted by netbros at 6:37 AM PST - 59 comments

The Automata Art of Steve Armstrong
The Automata Art of Steve Armstrong. Part I, Part II, Part III.
posted by twoleftfeet at 4:22 AM PST - 9 comments

Oblivion - The Cat Came Back
"...call your custom class 'Loser'." IT-HE Software has posted its latest anti-walkthrough, this time for The Elder Scrolls: Oblivion. [more inside]
posted by fearthehat at 1:53 AM PST - 29 comments