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October 11, 2007
What does it feel like to die.
What does it feel like to die?
posted by Jimbob at 11:35 PM PST - 78 comments

Sigur Rós interview goes badly, very, very badly.
Sigur Rós have been doing publicity for a documentary about the band called Heima (trailer). They went on NPR's The Bryant Park Project and did an interview which went achingly wrong. On the show's website, interviewer Luke Burbank describes it as "possibly the worst interview in the history of electronic media." [more inside]
posted by Kattullus at 7:43 PM PST - 184 comments

They Kick Ass for the Lord
Karate Nuns [more inside]
posted by Bookhouse at 7:32 PM PST - 25 comments

Crazy.
You've never heard a box of Stoned Wheat Thins, a big tub of Necco, a little wooden frog, a Tupperware bucket, an empty jar and a theremin sound this good. It's Crazy. No, really, it's Crazy. [more inside]
posted by flapjax at midnite at 7:26 PM PST - 19 comments

The Fever Dream of Comrade Koolhaas
Delirious Moscow: a survey on stellar and interstellar Soviet constructivist architecture, or, buildings in the time before Stalin (with pictures).
posted by Falconetti at 7:18 PM PST - 6 comments

Horn Solo
Star Wars trumpet performance and interpretive dance by Stacy Hedger. [YouTube]
posted by fandango_matt at 5:47 PM PST - 50 comments

Portal Clones Already
2D Flash Portal A competent 2-d scroller featuring mechanics from the new Valve game Portal.
posted by boo_radley at 4:40 PM PST - 51 comments

Once upon a time almost everyone was a biogenic robot.
Trevorsoft just might be the new Time Cube. [more inside]
posted by goodnewsfortheinsane at 3:42 PM PST - 48 comments

Marquee anagrams / aqua ear man germs
After the Flatbush Pavilion theater in Brooklyn closed down, people started rearranging the letters on the marquee to spell their own messages. [more inside]
posted by tepidmonkey at 3:19 PM PST - 25 comments

Your Grandmother's Vibrator.
A Slide-show History of the Vibrator. [NSFW] A timeline of important milestones. [NSFW image] The vibrator museum. [safe] More history, more pictures [safe] Hysterical: A Short History of the Vibrator [safe]
posted by desjardins at 12:54 PM PST - 53 comments

Favela Rising
Favela Rising is a recent documentary exploring the AfroReggae (in Portuguese) movement and the amazing story of one of its founders, Anderson Sa. AfroReggae (MySpace page has music on) was born in the Vigário Geral favela as a way to give the community an alternative to the drug trade and to fight police oppression. [more inside]
posted by otherwordlyglow at 12:41 PM PST - 8 comments

Connecticut and New York's Wandering Hobo
"Since 1862, many have heard the tale of a wandering vagrant who traveled in an endless 365-mile circle between the Connecticut and Hudson rivers. The strange man only spoke with grunts or gestures and dressed in crudely stitched leather from his hat to his shoes." [more inside]
posted by horsemuth at 12:08 PM PST - 20 comments

me parece bonita
First she was a dancer but after an injury she had to sing to make a living. She still dances a little during her songs (a rare feat among flamenco cantaoras). I first heard about her when she made a whole record (cd) of Edith Piaf's songs in spanish. You can get a taste here. She talks about it here (spanish + french, excerpts). She sang les feuilles mortes too. But nothing equals seeing her, I think : so here she is with two covers from a recent documentary : a song by Edith Piaf, a song by Lola Flores. Btw, If you get into french songs in the flamenco idiom, try this.
posted by nicolin at 11:50 AM PST - 4 comments

Hawkes' Eye View
Some pretty cool aerial photos of London at night from photographer Jason Hawkes.
posted by dersins at 11:20 AM PST - 15 comments

Fiddler on the Prairie
Fiddler on the prairie. The story of a 1970s high school production of Fiddler on the Roof. The school was in Billings, Montana.
posted by joseph_elmhurst at 11:18 AM PST - 10 comments

You Can't Always Get What You Want
Ask any one-time resident of Excelsior, MN about Jimmy "the bum" Hutmaker and you are sure to hear a tale about their experiences with a treasured local character. Some of those tales are the stuff of the best urban legends. In fact, many wrongly believed that the man who walked Main Street with a cigar invariably clenched in his teeth was homeless. Perhaps the most remarkable story about this beloved man was the tale about a day back in the 60s when Mr. Jimmy met a man named Jagger in the old Bacon's drug store. Excelsior lost a piece of history last week when Jimmy died. Since hearing the news, I am finding myself saddened by the loss of a character from my youth. RIP Mr. Jimmy.
posted by Lola_G at 10:47 AM PST - 23 comments

Not your father's Christian comics
Move over, Jack Chick. Zondervan's gone manga.
posted by Horace Rumpole at 10:42 AM PST - 38 comments

It's the Oil
It’s the Oil (Stupid)
posted by i_am_a_Jedi at 9:49 AM PST - 69 comments

Epicurean Delights of the State Fair
A photoessay of the culinary highlights of the Texas State Fair, now in progress. [more inside]
posted by jonson at 9:12 AM PST - 63 comments

John Stilgoe wants you to go outside and look at things a little differently.
John Stilgoe is a professor at Harvard who teaches his students how to, among other things, mindfully observe the urban and suburban environments they inhabit. [more inside]
posted by jquinby at 8:28 AM PST - 27 comments

Crusty Row, Thompkins Square Park, Lower East Side and Me
The Wedding of Amy and Jewels [more inside]
posted by Stynxno at 8:06 AM PST - 40 comments

Nobel Prize in literature 2007
The Nobel Prize in Literature for 2007 is awarded to ... [more inside]
posted by Termite at 7:20 AM PST - 93 comments

Mind the Gap
Mind the Gap: an essay by Paul Graham on wealth, riches, poverty, and why income inequality might not be so bad. [more inside]
posted by hoverboards don't work on water at 4:51 AM PST - 139 comments

In the hollow of an unarmorial age
“Iraq War Memorial: Death of Prince Harry" features the in fact hale and hearty royal scion "laid out before the Union Jack with pennies placed over his eyes and head rested on the Bible...Prone with his unfired gun still holstered, Prince Harry is represented clutching a bloodied flag of Wales, and holding to his heart a cameo locket of his late mother, Princess Diana, while a desert vulture perches on his boot...a bronze casting of Prince Harry’s 'severed ears' also set for display at the Trafalgar Hotel will be offered on eBay." Via.
posted by Abiezer at 4:23 AM PST - 50 comments

"Put your boob in my scotch. Come on, put your tit in my drink."
Bob Log III plays distorted trash grimey blues slide guitar with his hands, he drawls through a telephone attached to the bubble face of the motorcycle helmet he wears, and he drums with his feet. He is known to ask women to stir his scotch on stage with their breasts, which is sadly Not currently Safe for Work. Sometimes he asks them to sit on his knee, bouncing up and down on the blue glittery jump suit he wears whenever he plays. [more inside]
posted by 6am at 2:44 AM PST - 47 comments

ethnomapping in Brazil
Brazilian Ethnomapping: Inside a thatched-roof schoolhouse in a village deep in Brazil's Amazon rain forest, Surui Indians and former military cartographers huddle over the newest weapons in the tribe's fight for survival: laptop computers, satellite maps and hand-held global positioning systems. Some of the resulting maps.
posted by dhruva at 1:10 AM PST - 6 comments

Ballmer's Been Busy
Steve Ballmers's been busy. Whether it's attacking Google and Linux (or being attacked back), berating the moms of 13-year-old girls who hate Vista, or just being called an alcoholic, the perennial Microsoft CEO been everywhere these days.
What happened to the good old days when he just yelled a lot?
posted by FeldBum at 12:37 AM PST - 45 comments