November 5, 2010

To Translate My Ancestors' Anthems

Looking for new underground hiphop? The last 10 years have seen the rise of a growing Asian/Pacific Islander American hiphop scene, including groups like Blue Scholars, Native Guns (consisting of Bambu & Kiwi), Power Struggle, Typical Cats, and Magnetic North. Also of note is the solid number of women taking up the role of MC'ing in the scene- Rocky Rivera, Hopie Spitshard, The Skim, Sun The Real Sun(exception - Canadian). (Multiple Youtube links, natch)
posted by yeloson at 10:59 PM PST - 38 comments

The shortcut to doubling solar efficiency?

Super Soaker inventor proposes a solid state heat engine that resembles a fuel cell. The idea is to reach a new level in heat generating efficiency, or at least replace heat pumps, with no moving parts. "Johnson has opened up a fundamentally new pathway to generate electricity from heat," says Paul Werbos, program director for power, control, and adaptive networks at the U.S. National Science Foundation (NSF). Werbos, an IEEE Fellow, says the NSF is funding Johnson's heat-engine research because of the strong chance that it could cut the cost of solar power in half.
posted by Brian B. at 9:28 PM PST - 49 comments

Multiverses collide

Multiverses collide this week with the publication of "The Coming of the Terraphiles," the first canonical Doctor Who story written by the legendary Michael Moorcock. [more inside]
posted by jbickers at 6:37 PM PST - 13 comments

One small step for a robot

One small step for a robot, one giant leap for robot-kind... but not yet. The Robonaut R2 (sic) will have to wait at least another three weeks, as the final mission of Space Shuttle Discovery is delayed.
posted by philipy at 6:11 PM PST - 13 comments

Boom boom boom

Friday Flash Fun: Nuclearoids. A little like Boomshine, a lot like dominoes. But with explosions. And bouncy balls. And colors. Lots of colors! Not too brain engaging, with particle attraction and even black holes. [more inside]
posted by Old'n'Busted at 5:23 PM PST - 22 comments

Your move, FIDE!

Magnus Carlsen drops out of World Championship cycle (NYT)
posted by vidur at 5:21 PM PST - 24 comments

Brutish Behavior

The Old Spice Guy backlash has officially begun, sponsored by another brand of men's fragrance you'd never get caught dead using. You can slap that guy or you can slap a mime instead. Or vote for the next guy to get slapped, an overweight dude in a speedo or a familiar looking golfer. Meanwhile, Brut sets down some rules that seem a little too close to the rules for a Gentleman's Gentleman (as seen here). Yeah, it's Pepsi Shade-Of-Green-Not-Occurring-In-Nature. [more inside]
posted by oneswellfoop at 4:41 PM PST - 95 comments

A small measure of justice

The Arkansas Supreme Court has ordered new hearings for the three men convicted of the Robin Hood Hills Murders, known as the West Memphis 3.
posted by boo_radley at 4:20 PM PST - 43 comments

The Evolved Slut

Husband-and-wife team Christopher Ryan and Calcilda Jethá have written a book, Sex at Dawn, that challenges what they describe as the "standard narrative" of human sexual and social relationships. In a recent Savage Love podcast featuring Ryan as a guest, Dan Savage described the book as "...the single most important book about human sexuality since Alfred Kinsey unleashed Sexual Behavior in the Human Male on the American public in 1948." [more inside]
posted by kitarra at 3:34 PM PST - 67 comments

"The deepest of the deep"

In event of moon disaster...
posted by Artw at 2:10 PM PST - 72 comments

Choose Your Own MTV

The music video for Andy Grammer's "Keep Your Head Up" lets you pick the way it unfolds... while you watch.
posted by hippybear at 1:09 PM PST - 13 comments

Virgin birth? Snakes? This could get biblical.

Scientists have discovered a female boa constrictor reproducing asexually. [more inside]
posted by quin at 1:08 PM PST - 39 comments

Miniature masterpieces

Chewing gum artist. "Mr Wilson has created more than 8,000 works of art this way - each one photographed and catalogued for his archive. A picture can take anything from two hours to three days to complete."
posted by rodgerd at 12:46 PM PST - 13 comments

And it's going, going, GONE!

The Longest Home Run Ever
posted by zarq at 12:46 PM PST - 41 comments

Great banter

First episode of Alan Partridge's brand new series, Mid Morning Matters from North Norfolk Digital (SLYT) (previous)
posted by fearfulsymmetry at 12:17 PM PST - 20 comments

Whither, Canada?

We used to be Peacekeepers. [more inside]
posted by Alex404 at 12:16 PM PST - 50 comments

Buen Tiempo

In the past few months vicent.zp has put up delicious photograph sets of vintage razors, fans, radios & cassette tape recorders, kitchen stuff, and lookie there, a Sputnik Weather Station. You know what time it is.
posted by cashman at 12:13 PM PST - 7 comments

Keith Olbermann suspended

MSNBC reports: Msnbc TV host Keith Olbermann was suspended indefinitely on Friday for making campaign donations to three Democratic congressional candidates, apparently in violation of NBC News ethics policy. [more inside]
posted by Joe Beese at 11:19 AM PST - 227 comments

The Twins Who Share A Brain

Tatiana and Krista Hogan are 4 year old twin girls who are joined at the head. Amazingly, their brains are interconnected and share the thalamus, the section of the brain that is responsible for relaying physical sensation and motor function to the cerebral cortex. As a result, it is believed that they can experience one another’s sensations, including seeing though each other's eyes.
posted by jpdoane at 10:54 AM PST - 44 comments

Did Mike Mearls ruin everything?

"With 4th Edition, there were good intentions." Escapist Magazine's "Check for Traps" columnist Alexander Macris interviews Dungeons & Dragons Manager Mike Mearls about 4th Edition Essentials, Ryan Dancey's "death spiral" comment, Justin Alexander's "Disassociated Mechanics", and the new Red Box.
posted by Avenger50 at 10:46 AM PST - 44 comments

"It takes a special kind of retard to be offended by a cartoon"

Space Moose, NSFW. A comic strip built in no small part on murder, scatology, and mocking trekkies. It ran for a decade in The Gateway, the University of Alberta's student newspaper. Cartoonist Mustafa Al-Habib (a.k.a. Adam Thrasher) explains the jokes. Some of my favorites.
posted by smammy at 10:45 AM PST - 63 comments

Man in disguise boards international flight

Man boards plane in elderly disguise (video) Canadian authorities have detained a young Asian man who was wearing a silicone head and neck mask making him appear to be an elderly Caucasian male. [more inside]
posted by KokuRyu at 9:43 AM PST - 73 comments

We boldly go where no dentist has gone before

Denis Bourguignon is a dentist in Florida. He is best known to the world for his role in the 1999 documentary film Trekkies where he showcased his dental practice being filled with Star Trek memorabilia. [more inside]
posted by twintone at 9:37 AM PST - 5 comments

Swiftboating considered harmful.

UK (ex)MP Phil Woolas has indicated he will seek a judicial review of the decision today to void his election victory of earlier this year. He was found guilty of "knowingly making false statements about [rival candidate] Mr Watkins in campaign literature". Woolas claims the ruling will "inevitably chill political speech", whereas the Justices' ruling found that his Election Literature breached UK laws.
posted by samworm at 9:16 AM PST - 35 comments

Let me talk to my browser.

Looking for a car loan? Get a better rate searching with Chrome. [more inside]
posted by bonehead at 9:13 AM PST - 12 comments

The East River Bridge

Brooklyn to New York via the Brooklyn Bridge as shot by the Edison Manufacturing Co. in 1899. (SLYT) [more inside]
posted by gman at 8:53 AM PST - 11 comments

"chemtrails and footpads and 9/11"

How the venerable Pacifica Radio network is being taken over by "a kind of Tea Party of the left, featuring ex-Scientologists, miracle cure hucksters, and conspiracists who believe that Amy Goodman's Democracy Now!, Pacifica's premier program, is taking CIA money to suppress 'the truth about 9/11.'" [more inside]
posted by enn at 8:47 AM PST - 116 comments

Closed For Storm

Six Flags New Orleans closed on August 27, 2005 in preparation for Hurricane Katrina. The park never reopened. [more inside]
posted by naju at 8:39 AM PST - 37 comments

Going SAT Free

Some colleges have decided to take SAT scores out of the admissions decision making process. But, some are alleging that this is only a way to game the rankings by excluding the scores of admitted students who didn't do well.
posted by reenum at 8:19 AM PST - 105 comments

X-it the Xserve

Apple Computers, creator of the worlds first Apple Computer Tablet and the worlds first Smartphone to go to space quitely announced today that despite 35% year over year growth, they are discontinuing the Xserve. [more inside]
posted by Pogo_Fuzzybutt at 8:06 AM PST - 77 comments

Music is god

Dancing under the gallows (SYLT) A trailer for an upcoming documentary traces the life of concert pianist Alice Herz-Sommer, the worlds oldest Holocaust survivor.
posted by the noob at 7:25 AM PST - 7 comments

Largest (in 1971) Geodesic Dome in the world for sale

The Buckminster Fuller dome of the former Dutch aerospace museum is for sale. In 1971 it was the largest in the world and housed most of the aircraft on display. The dome has a height of 23 meters and a 2700 m2 floorspace. It is currently dismantled and stored in 27 seafreight containers. At the site (in Dutch) there's a wonderful set of photos on the construction in 1971 and dismantling in 2004.
posted by knutmo at 5:46 AM PST - 15 comments

Let's hope the device is less short-sighted than the inventors

Yesterday was the day that Microsoft Kinect for the XBox 360 launched (warning: site "works best with" proprietary, embrace-and-extendware--here's a slightly more accessible YT demo). Like with the Wii, it's possible the most lasting effect on the open community is the excellent commodity hardware. To that end, Adafruit offered a $1000 reward to the first open source code that could work with the hardware. Microsoft was displeased, citing both law-enforcement and product safety groups as co-enforcers. The bounty is now $2000.
posted by DU at 5:44 AM PST - 121 comments

"I think Keith never appreciated the tedious hours I had to spend with Jann Wenner"

Please Allow Me To Correct A Few Things. Mick Jagger "responds" to Keith Richards about his new autobiography. (From journalist Bill Wyman.)
posted by availablelight at 4:53 AM PST - 94 comments

"Don't come in, I'm... doing my utmost in the fight against cancer!"

Masturbation cuts cancer risk! That is all.
posted by crossoverman at 2:26 AM PST - 67 comments

Preparrre Yourself For (mostly) Indoor Parkour

Enter indoor parkour. Are you ready for the next step in parkour acrobatics? [more inside]
posted by fantodstic at 1:21 AM PST - 32 comments