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November 3, 2010
Twenty bucks, same as in town!
World taxi prices: What a 3-kilometer ride costs in 72 big cities. From Lowest to Highest.
posted by vidur at 11:07 PM PST - 58 comments

So remember to smile when you feel "low"
Art collective Paper Rad wants you to get well. (blinky)
posted by Rory Marinich at 10:04 PM PST - 19 comments

Do you mongo?
"One of the categories of garbage has its own word in New York City, but it’s a category found everywhere that there is trash. There are things people will put out for discard: they’re done with it, they don’t want to see it again. Somebody else looks at that same object and says, “Whoa, wait a minute. That’s pretty nice. I want to keep that.” Those two chairs you’re sitting in were on the curb to be thrown out. They’re pretty nice chairs. I’m happy to have them. In New York, that’s called mongo. It’s a noun and a verb: those are mongo. People who take things from the trash to keep are mongoing. " [more inside]
posted by liketitanic at 9:50 PM PST - 87 comments

Like you've never been away
Photographer Paul Trevor has documented many aspects of British life during the course of his career. In 1975, he went to Liverpool as part of the 'Survival Programmes' project, that looked at inner city deprivation. He is putting on an exhibition of these photos as part of Liverpool's 2011 International Photography festival. 'The pictures were made in the city in 1975. I am very keen to find the people who I photographed then, with a view to possibly photographing them again.'
posted by ClanvidHorse at 4:53 PM PST - 8 comments

Two minutes in the funhouse
Area Girl Very Amused By Webcam Special Effects [more inside]
posted by hermitosis at 3:35 PM PST - 126 comments

Whatever Happened To Alternative Nation?
The idea behind Whatever Happened To Alternative Nation? is to look back at an era that’s both incredibly important and yet mysteriously absent from my life as a music fan. Part 1: 1990: “Once upon a time, I could love you”. Part 2: 1991: “What’s so civil about war anyway?” Part 3: 1992: Pearl Jam, the perils of fame, and the trouble with avoiding it
posted by Joe Beese at 3:01 PM PST - 60 comments

A reason to watch local news
First introduced to Metafilter in this thread earlier today, Jennie Stencel served as a traffic reporter for WXII in North Carolina. [more inside]
posted by mudpuppie at 2:23 PM PST - 61 comments

Please Reject Me!
Rejection Therapy is the real life game with one rule: YOU MUST BE REJECTED BY ANOTHER PERSON AT LEAST ONCE, EVERY SINGLE DAY. [more inside]
posted by DarlingBri at 2:13 PM PST - 63 comments

Goodbye Gordo
The Honourable Gordon Campbell has resigned as Premier of British Columbia. Citing his spectacular unpopularity, his resignation comes after almost a decade in power. His tenure has been dogged by scandal, and most recently, a barrage of protest over the newly implemented HST. His most lasting legacy may prove to be the implementation of North America's first carbon tax.
posted by [expletive deleted] at 2:04 PM PST - 89 comments

Your new corporate home and personal hell
Synergon is a fully-playable ruleset for BLARPing (Business Live-Action Role-Playing).
posted by BitterOldPunk at 2:01 PM PST - 21 comments

Dan McPharlin: Sci-Fi Surrealism (and Mini Analog Synth Models)
Dan McPharlin is an Australian artist who creates fantastic landscapes that seem more likely to come from sci-fi novels from decades past than an artist who who gives away his music for donations (YT sample). McPharlin also made a series of miniature analog synthesizers that were featured on album art for Steve Jansen's album Slope (YT sample), as well as Moog Acid by Jean-Jacques Perrey & Luke Vibert (YT sample). Currently, McPharlin's website only has an 18 page portfolio in PDF form and an email address, but his Flickr collection is a sight to behold. Even his house looks like something from a 1970s photo shoot. [more inside]
posted by filthy light thief at 1:20 PM PST - 10 comments

Typography on the door of Number 10
“I am sorry that, after all, the numerals on the doors at Downing Street are so beastly.” Why the 1 and 0 affixed to the door of the British prime minister’s residence, 10 Downing St., look the way they do.
posted by joeclark at 1:05 PM PST - 36 comments

Fact-check me up, Subby
"We're sorry for claiming Captain Kirk was in command of Captain Picard's starship"
posted by fearfulsymmetry at 12:42 PM PST - 75 comments

Don Draper uses the word "what" as Van Gogh used color ...
Don Draper Says "What?" (slyt)
posted by bonobothegreat at 11:44 AM PST - 69 comments

A very special comics message from Leigh Gallagher
How to propose on the internet (if you are a highly talented comics artist)
posted by Artw at 11:43 AM PST - 56 comments

au naturel
The Great Unwashed: "Some people have all but abandoned the idea of soap, shampoo or deodorant and yet still have friends, relationships and jobs." Slate disagrees that this is even a trend, but The Village Voice notes it has been covered elsewhere, including The New York Observer and Hairpin. In response, The Week asks, "Can you succeed without showering?"
posted by zarq at 10:43 AM PST - 177 comments

The Meaning of Degrees
Too anxious to take exams? University of Manitoba will give you a PhD anyway. A professor is suspended for disagreeing with that decision.
posted by binturong at 10:34 AM PST - 102 comments

Excavating Hattusa
The German Archaeological Institute has a website detailing their excavations at Hattusa, formerly the capital of the Hittite Empire. There is a brief summary of the city's history to get you started, or a somewhat more detailed one if you're feeling keen. [more inside]
posted by Dim Siawns at 8:57 AM PST - 11 comments

Telling it like it is
George Takei To Clint McCance: You Are A Douchebag (SLYT)
posted by Megami at 8:51 AM PST - 58 comments

Jury Doodles
"I just finished serving jury duty at the Van Nuys Superior Court. My case involved a man who was suing a stripper and strip club for a “fractured penis” injury he received while getting a nude lap dance. The stripper was from Sweden. The strip club owner was a retired porn star. There were many experts. Needless to say, this case was kind of awesome. As a member of the jury, I was given a pad and pen for note taking. The case lasted 7 days."
posted by gman at 8:10 AM PST - 57 comments

“Bike racks are the gateway drug for civic engagement.”
What a Hundred Million Calls to 311 Reveal about New York. Data from New York City's 311 service helped track down the source of the maple syrup smell; private sector models attempt to crowdsource quality of life issues in other municipalities as well.
posted by availablelight at 7:42 AM PST - 26 comments

I loved Kurt so I tried to love his books, too.
Mr. Vonnegut talked about my dad a lot and put him into a lot of his books. Sometimes he was Dad, and sometimes he was just a character Mr. Vonnegut made up. So what I would say to any of you who are wondering is this: My dad was what people called a real character, which always made us laugh because it was so literally true owing to his association with a famous fiction writer. He could also get pretty obnoxious. But he was a good man. And he definitely wasn’t crazy. At least not until the brain tumor.

Kurt Vonnegut Didn't Know Doodly-Squat About Writing: Finally, Literary Analysis Worth Reading by Bernard V. O'Hare, with an introduction by Meghan O'Hare.
posted by shakespeherian at 7:42 AM PST - 49 comments

Sovereignty scandal
A scandal is brewing in Eve Online. [more inside]
posted by AElfwine Evenstar at 6:31 AM PST - 92 comments

Dammit. Who typed a question mark on the Teleprompter?
Back in September, things weren't going very well at the KGTV newsroom. [SLYT]
posted by schmod at 5:50 AM PST - 65 comments

We must find out the truth of this situation.
For the past 20 weeks I have been engaged in a very strange dialogue with the two noble Lords, in the course of which I have been trying to bring to their attention the willing availability of a strange organisation which wishes to make a great deal of money available to assist the recovery of the economy in this country. For want of a better name, I shall call it foundation X. [more inside]
posted by Happy Dave at 5:49 AM PST - 65 comments

Prop 19 Goes Up In Smoke. (It lost.)
California's Proposition 19 loses. While analysis and commentary will differ based on who is telling the tale, the results are clear: by an eight point margin, California voters rejected legalization, regulation and taxation of pot.
posted by andreaazure at 4:56 AM PST - 182 comments

SLYT of Funky Forest
A middle aged man sits on a chair, nervously reveals udder-like things on his chest, and descends his scrotum through a hole in the chair. Then it gets stranger. [SLYT] [IMDB]
posted by mccarty.tim at 4:10 AM PST - 56 comments

A box by any other name
A compendium of 80's boom boxes which, of course, in those days went by a different name [more inside]
posted by victors at 1:17 AM PST - 39 comments