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November 7, 2009
A female milk man? That's rich.
If there's one thing that MeFites are absolutely universal in loving, it's the TV show Mad Men. Right? Right? Well, here's something that even the haters will enjoy : Milk Men - A Mad Men Parody
posted by Afroblanco at 9:31 PM PST - 61 comments

Health Care Has Passed
The House of Representatives just passed the health reform bill in a vote of 220-215.
posted by reenum at 9:01 PM PST - 428 comments

cosmolearning
cosmolearning has a ton of college courses and documentaries aggregated in one place. And it was started by a couple of teenagers. I'm impressed.
posted by pahool at 7:45 PM PST - 8 comments

Vintage Mouse Porn
Vintage Mouse Porn (NSFW). Pre-1970 pornography, redrawn with cartoon mice. [more inside]
posted by kuujjuarapik at 7:25 PM PST - 32 comments

It's what it says on the tin.
People Doing Stuff. Strangely compelling.
posted by flatluigi at 5:40 PM PST - 70 comments

Novel Chess
Reading to the Endgame: Algorithmic translation of classic nineteenth century novels into chessboard slugfests. Select the opponents from a list of fifty-five novels in five languages, and watch each text maneuver across the battlefield.
posted by carsonb at 4:49 PM PST - 16 comments

I found some evidence!
Batman's "disappear into the shadows" routine goes wrong. (SLYT, via)
posted by aheckler at 4:25 PM PST - 30 comments

Makeup and mutinies
The Mineral Makeup Mutiny was founded to encourage consumers to buy indie self-made mineral cosmetics, instead of overpriced makeup that were repackaging wholesale micas from companies such as TKB Trading, or publishing contradicting ingredients lists and sending Cease-and-Desist Letters to unfavourable reviews. Miss K of Aromaleigh, founder of the Mutiny (and former seller of repackaged wholesale hues, which she's discontinuing in favour of original colours), demonstrates how mineral eyeshadows are made. [more inside]
posted by divabat at 2:55 PM PST - 33 comments

Now you're thinking with science.
Ever wonder how the physics of Portal's portals worked? Or how Mario could walk on space rocks in Super Mario Galaxy? Games Demystified seeks to answer these pressing questions, with code samples and working demos. [more inside]
posted by hellojed at 1:38 PM PST - 8 comments

The Secrecy Shall Continue
The Obama administration has again invoked the state secrets privilege in an effort to dismiss a class action lawsuit challenging government surveillance. The DOJ has also unveiled new procedures for invoking the privilege. This is not the first time the Obama DOJ has taken this position. [more inside]
posted by bearwife at 1:12 PM PST - 58 comments

Shouting vs. Spanking
Shouting vs. Spanking -- What should the parent choose?
posted by Taft at 12:34 PM PST - 106 comments

Workplace poisonings
Last August, six Harvard scientists went to the hospital after drinking coffee laced with sodium azide, in what appears to be a delibarate posioning. Previous laboratory-related poisonings have occured at other prestigious institutions, although radioactivity is generally the method of choice. [more inside]
posted by emd3737 at 10:50 AM PST - 57 comments

Makes you nine feet tall when you're four foot five
Whether working with the Nicholas Brothers (Previously), working with the muppets, working with that funny, funny, funny reefer man, or making out with your wife, Cab Calloway never fails to entertain.
posted by Uppity Pigeon #2 at 8:38 AM PST - 29 comments

Bloodless war game
Oral histories indicate that slahal is an ancient game, dating to before the last ice age. At times discouraged, this gambling game is still being played. Also known as the bone game and the hand or stick game, the rules are simple: guess which hand holds the unmarked bone. But while your team tries to guess, the opposing team will confuse you with chants and drumming and music. And you do the same to them. An entire game can be quite loud and quite subtle. A short documentary.
posted by twoleftfeet at 5:26 AM PST - 8 comments

Colin Douthwaite Logs Off
A posting last month to RISKS on the topic of posthumous emails brings to mind the story of Colin Douthwaite. Mr. Douthwaite, an active USENET user, passed away in March of 1999 after some prolonged medical difficulties. His son Ian's farewell message to alt.ascii-art inspired a small flood of original memorial works and a much larger flood from members' personal archives in his memory. [more inside]
posted by mkb at 1:04 AM PST - 7 comments

Photos of Martian landscapes
The frequently excellent photo-blog The Big Picture at the Boston Globe has posted a collection of stunning and, well, alien-looking photos of the martian landscape.
posted by Frankieist at 12:10 AM PST - 30 comments