October 13, 2009
What the hell...?
VIDEOGIOCO (NSFW, vimeo) -- Crazy Animation/Stop-Motion of... I don't even know, gory stuff?
posted by azarbayejani at 5:59 PM PST - 10 comments

A vegetarian spider
A (mostly) vegetarian spider: "A small jumping spider has taken to hunting plants instead of bugs. Bagheera kiplingi dodges throngs of aggressive ants to feast on the leaf-tip morsels of acacia shrubs, making it the first mostly vegetarian spider known to science."
posted by dhruva at 5:54 PM PST - 37 comments

Health care plan clears major hurdle
The Senate Finance Committee has approved the plan proposed by Max Baucus.
posted by reenum at 3:34 PM PST - 186 comments

Kitchen Sink by Alison Maclean
Kitchen Sink is a creepy short film made by Alison Maclean.
posted by sciurus at 3:06 PM PST - 30 comments

Simulated childbirth
Experiencing the pain of labor...when you're male[slyt]
posted by gaspode at 1:50 PM PST - 153 comments

The right tool for the job
It's time to kick back and relax with a tasty bottle of $BEVERAGE - often but not always beer. But how to open it? And what tool to use? [more inside]
posted by rmd1023 at 12:39 PM PST - 83 comments

Movies shot in Toronto but set somewhere else – now with pictures
Paul Giamatti and Matt Damon star in Resident Hunting: Shoot ’Em Up by the Dozen 2. For decades, Toronto has been a cheap, versatile city in which to shoot movies. Most of the time, Toronto pretends to be some other place – mostly New York. Using DVD screencaps, city blog Torontoist takes a sightseeing tour through over 50 films shot in Toronto that mostly pretend to be set somewhere else, from (yes) Good Will Hunting to the HBO version of Grey Gardens. [more inside]
posted by joeclark at 12:20 PM PST - 72 comments

Respectfully yours
Respect Your Pet has launched with a mission of tracking down those individuals who mistreat and humiliate their pets with such tools as creative grooming and silly photography. Their "about" page hints at one reason this is such an important cause for the couple that started the site. [more inside]
posted by amelioration at 11:45 AM PST - 78 comments

Remember, you don't actually need to shake it like a Polaroid.
Exact details are still forthcoming, but the impossible project announced that Polaroid is preparing to re-launch some of their iconic instant cameras and TIP will be manufacturing the film, at Polaroid's request. No doubt this will increase the ranks of their cult-like following, but will this second coming reverse what turned into a money-losing tech in our new digital age?
posted by revmitcz at 11:45 AM PST - 40 comments

Techno Tuesday
Techno Tuesday
posted by yegga at 10:13 AM PST - 27 comments

Amish Snowbirds: Pinecraft, Florida
The season now approaches for snowbirds to make their way to warmer climes for the season. Among them will be members of Amish and Menonnite orders. In the 1920s, farmers were persuaded to come to Sarasota, Florida and begin using the land for agricultural purposes. Among the items surmised best to grow in the soil was celery, produce already commonplace in Amish farms in the northern bands of the US. And so, some made the trip to begin farming, only to later learn it was a scam, but the weather and surroundings enticed them to stay or visit on a regular basis. Pinecraft, Florida is the winter home for many of these people. [more inside]
posted by keli at 9:50 AM PST - 7 comments

A PATH TO SUSTAINABLE ENERGY BY 2030
Wind, water and solar technologies can provide 100 percent of the world's energy, eliminating all fossil fuels. HERE'S HOW (via) [more inside]
posted by kliuless at 9:41 AM PST - 82 comments

Orly Taitz Sanctioned
"The Court makes no apology for the tone of its previous orders. They were direct and strong but apparently not strong enough. They certainly do not demonstrate personal bias. They do demonstrate a lack of tolerance for frivolous legal claims asserted by lawyers who should know better." In a thorough and often hilarious 43 page opinion, Judge Clay Land of the U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Georgia imposes sanctions on lawyer (for now)/dentist/real estate agent Orly Taitz for her abusive and frivolous conduct.
posted by kosem at 9:36 AM PST - 116 comments

SWEDEMASON
The Works of Swede Mason: "Jeremy Clarkson," "Get in the Back of the Van," "Jungle All The Way," "Bill Wyman's Metal Detector," "Put the Lotion in the Basket, *" "Got The Sucka," "The Gobshite, *" "Squashed Thingy," "Spare Me The Madness," and the pair of tracks based on Neighbors deaths "Coffee And Croissants" and "Todd....Dead." [more inside]
posted by flatluigi at 9:35 AM PST - 14 comments

10/GUI
Since SRI and Xerox invented the GUI and the mouse in the late 1970s, technology has leaped forward, but the way we interact with our computers has stood still. "10/GUI aims to bridge this gap by rethinking the desktop to leverage technology in an intuitive and powerful way."
posted by Plutor at 9:22 AM PST - 68 comments

The "boy-killing, man-mutilating, money-making, education-prostituting, gladiatorial sport."
Does american football unavoidably lead to brain damage over time? Does a culture favoring perseverance at the expense of well being begin in high school?
posted by phrontist at 8:55 AM PST - 97 comments

Crossing Boston Harbor
Karen Gaffney swam Boston Harbor to raise awareness about Down syndrome. [more inside]
posted by plinth at 8:40 AM PST - 4 comments

Prometheus In The Kitchen
"Good, big ideas about evolution are rare." Simon Ings of the Independent reviews "Catching Fire: How Cooking Made Us Human" by Richard Wrangham. (via)
posted by The Whelk at 7:48 AM PST - 17 comments

"Why I Give My 9-year-old Pot"
The titles grabbed me - Why I am going to give my 9-year-old Pot. and the four month follow up, Why am I giving my 9-year-old Pot. But, my mind was changed, and heart softened, by the articles. via
posted by PissOnYourParade at 7:12 AM PST - 82 comments

Free Tom Waits
Tom Waits has a new live album coming out. You can get 8 full length tracks--just under 40 minutes--from the forthcoming release for free on his site. Requires you surrender a valid email address, however.
posted by You Should See the Other Guy at 6:58 AM PST - 44 comments

The Book I Read
Nina Sankovitch is about to finish reading a book a day for a year. She not only reads them, she reviews them too. "You can’t go from ‘Little Bee,’ by Chris Cleave, which is about this young woman who witnesses torture and herself is a victim of abuse in Nigeria — a really great book, but you’re just crying or your stomach is clenched — to another book like it the next day,” she said. “If I read a book like that every day, I would have collapsed a long time ago.” Other 365 day projects have included this, this, and this.
posted by Xurando at 1:04 AM PST - 133 comments

Sea mucus. Yuck.
OK, this looks bad. Disgusting and really bad. Sea "Mucus" Blobs Pose Threat (video from National Geographic). [more inside]
posted by flapjax at midnite at 12:29 AM PST - 49 comments