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November 5, 2009
Russell Brand talks to Dawn French about comedy, revealing a peculiar and compelling intelligence apparently gleaned from TV and substance abuse. Part 1
posted by mhjb at 10:48 PM PST - 14 comments
Norman Strike is blogging the 1984-85 U.K. miners' strike.
From his account of the "Battle of Orgreave" (June 18, 1984)
: There was the coke works in the distance, squatting on the land and belching out smoke from Yorkshire coal. A black line of police spread across the yellow field in front, with horses to the rear and sides. . . . I began sprinting up the field, trying to avoid the slower lads. I made it to safety but was horrified at what I saw as I looked back down the field. Dogs were biting lads whilst others were being truncheoned by pigs and either led away or dragged away! It was a disgusting sight and one I never thought I’d see in this country. I’ll never forget it but worse was to follow.
posted by chinston at 7:42 PM PST - 9 comments
From The Titusville Morning Herald of June 17, 1866, "Our attention has been called to a series of experiments that have been made in the wells of various localities by Col. Roberts, with his newly patented torpedo
. ... The torpedo... is lowered into the well, down to the spot, as near as can be ascertained, where it is necessary to explode it. ... The object of the torpedo is to clean out all the deposits at the bottom of the well."
In the western Pennsylvania oilfields of the second half of the 1800s, "shooters" were men who set off nitroglycerin
charges in wells to get the oil flowing again. Tales of Destruction
relates stories and legends of this absurdly hazardous job. Additional notes here
, in Samuel Pees's Oil History
posted by tss at 5:51 PM PST - 4 comments
Boys dared to grow their hair and girls dared to wear mini skirts and in Korea indecency officers patroled the street with scissors and rulers, publicly cutting hair too long and checking if skirts were too short. Shin Joong-hyung, was there with his 70s hit, Beauty,
as were other musicians and artists like Sanullim
and the Key Boys
. [more inside]
posted by kkokkodalk at 5:35 PM PST - 12 comments
Such are the contradictions that seem to riddle not just Gladwell's thinking but the thinking on Gladwell's thinking, and perhaps even the thinking on thinking on that, and it is precisely these slippery but substantive contradictions that have allowed Gladwell to tout his revolutionary "big ideas" without couching them in anything so mundane as a logical, well-supported or otherwise sound argument. Gladwell for Dummies
posted by defenestration at 3:46 PM PST - 102 comments
Bobbie E. Burnett is suing her employers, the Free Library of Philadelphia, for discrimination
. She's been employed there for nearly 20 years, but transitioned to a female gender identity in 2001, at which point she says discrimination set in.
"Slurs hurled at Burnett by some staffers include 'freak,' 'man in woman’s clothing' and 'nigger,' according to the suit. On one occasion, when Burnett expressed wishes for a nice weekend to a coworker, the employee responded with, 'Burn in hell,' according to the lawsuit." [more inside]
posted by booknerd at 11:29 AM PST - 63 comments
1989: The Lost Year.
"Twenty years after the Berlin Wall came down, the end of the Cold War still inspires euphoria and triumphalism in the West. But even as we lift toasts once again to the victory of 1989, we should re-examine that momentous year. Documents
, and other evidence that have come to light suggest that for relations between the United States and the Soviet Union, it was also a time of missed opportunity." The first article in a series by Foreign Policy. Also, check out the National Security Archive's Electronic Briefing Books section to access "critical declassified records on issues including U.S. national security, foreign policy, diplomatic and military history, intelligence policy, and more."
posted by cog_nate at 11:02 AM PST - 8 comments
[FlickrPoolFilter] Crappy Bootleg DVD Covers:
Here, you will find Tom Cruise's hit movie, Pepe Likes Tacos
. In this universe, Star Wars features Arnold Schwarzenegger
, Dustin Hoffman stars in Lost in Translation
; witches, pirates, and hobbits inhabit the same world. Titles are improved upon
. Reviews are refreshingly frank (if they make any sense at all).
Your DVD may also contain subtitles in French, Chinese, Spamsoc
, or Martian
. (Don't say there was no warning.)
Remember, kids: Piracy Creates Jobs!
posted by not_on_display at 9:55 AM PST - 59 comments
In Saint's Row 2 (a GTA-ish game for the PC and current-gen consoles), your character sings along whenever a-ha's song "Take on Me" plays on the radio. Here's all six player voices
edited together to sing along at the same time. [SLYT] [more inside]
posted by CrunchyFrog at 7:39 AM PST - 56 comments
This morning, Google launched
a new feature called "Google Dashboard
" that lets users view (and in some cases control,) what data is being stored on a range of more than 20 Google services, including Gmail, Calendar, Docs, Web History, Orkut, YouTube, Picasa, Talk, Reader, Alerts and Latitude. [more inside]
posted by zarq at 7:18 AM PST - 59 comments