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November 10, 2009
FOREVER begins when you say yes
A LOVE LETTER FOR YOU is a series of 29 murals visible along the westbound El in Philadelphia. [more inside]
posted by deafmute at 10:27 PM PST - 21 comments

In Defense of Jaywalking
Interesting article at Slate, In Defense of Jaywalking, where the author describes how the media and others often slant coverage of pedestrian vs auto accidents--examples include San Francisco Chronicle, Boston Globe , and New York Post columns. Police, who are typically car-bound, are often biased in favor of other drivers. Not unexpectedly the Federal Highway Administration has curious language regarding walkers--"Still, almost no one can avoid occasional pedestrian status". Even the term jaywalking is commonly misused. Solutions? More money towards safer walking (including a reversal of funding policies that favor cars), better places to walk, pedestrian-friendly engineering, lower urban speed limits, harsher penalties for drivers that violate pedestrian's rights, and critical reading of the often selective and sensationalized media coverage of traffic crashes.
posted by aerotive at 8:32 PM PST - 100 comments

ACT Legalizes Same Sex Civil Unions
The Australian Capital Territory, the home of the Australian capital of Canberra, has passed a bill allowing same-sex civil unions. As marriage is a federal matter in Australia, this is the highest recognition of same sex unions that is constitutionally allowed in a state or territory of Australia. However, it does give political momentum to the movement looking towards the repeal of the "one man and one woman" Marriage Amendment Act of 2004.
posted by Talez at 8:17 PM PST - 27 comments

Telling lies about Poliwood
As I write this, I realize I am about to do something that, for the most part, is never done. I am going to criticize a critic. Filmmakers are never supposed to respond to a critic about their work. It's an unspoken rule of engagement. But in this case, I feel compelled. [more inside]
posted by philip-random at 7:34 PM PST - 54 comments

Geology Porn
In 1996, the Ocoee Whitewater Center challenged the paddlers in the '96 Olympics. The dam controlled Ocoee river remains popular with rafters, kayakers and leaf-lookers. Today, the mountain reclaimed a bit the Ocoee gorge.
posted by I'm Doing the Dishes at 6:54 PM PST - 25 comments

a cloud of atlases
We love our maps here, so how about a map quiz thanks to our friends at The Morning News. Warning: the answer underneath each map is a simple link, and the URL sometimes gives away the answer.
posted by shothotbot at 6:41 PM PST - 10 comments

Jazz in Azerbaijan
Jazz in Azerbaijan [more inside]
posted by netbros at 4:53 PM PST - 13 comments

kathmandu glue
KATHMANDU_GLUEnsfw // Frankie Nazardo set out to capture the glue gangs of Kathmandu.
posted by nitsuj at 4:52 PM PST - 32 comments

"It will cost you a piece of yourself."
Destructoid has posted a full video play-through of the controversial "No Russian" level from the newly released Modern Warfare 2 (warning: possibly disturbing). The level, in which the player is asked to infiltrate a Russian terrorist group and, as a result, take part in a terrorist attack on civilians, has divided gamers and journalists. [more inside]
posted by jbickers at 2:14 PM PST - 230 comments

Overthinking an overloaded buffet platter
Dismal economy got you down? Chin up, sport - it's possible to save money and eat like a king at one of America's abundant all-you-can-eat buffet restaurants. Before you and your dining companion are whisked off this culinary land of plenty, take note of the definitive strategy guide to maximize both your dollar and your waistline. Fill up on tips such as: Wear items with intricate patterns or designs that will disguise spills and stains. As you get your game plan together, here's your anthem.
posted by porn in the woods at 1:09 PM PST - 96 comments

How to make a baby
How to make a baby. (SFW)
posted by fcummins at 12:42 PM PST - 42 comments

DOES WHAT IT SAYS ON THE TIN
two youtube videos and a motherfucking crossfader
posted by boo_radley at 11:38 AM PST - 80 comments

The Color of Sin - Why the Good Guys Wear White
When the Chrysler car company released its new model Dodge Coronet in 1967, the theme of its ad campaign was the "White Hat Special," with some ads featuring the "Dodge Girl" in her signature white Stetson, saying that "Only the good guys could put together a deal like this." These ads didn't need any elaboration. Madison Avenue knew the potential buyers had all been raised on film and TV Westerns, and knew the symbolism of white hats. Roy Rogers, Gene Autry, the Lone Ranger — cinematic heroes wore white hats, and bad guys wore black. It was all very simple. The colors white and black have carried layers of moral meaning since long before American infatuation with cowboys and automobiles, and some scientists believe that those associations may be automatic and universal and ancient (abstract). [more inside]
posted by filthy light thief at 11:34 AM PST - 42 comments

Purrforming Arts
"From the moment the first kitty made shadow birds on the walls of a prehistoric cave, we have had theater." Claw Theater presents Sleeping Beauty, Aladdin and the Magic Lamp, Robin Hood, Alice's Adventures in Wonderland, Peter Pan, and The Wonderful Wizard of Oz. [more inside]
posted by dersins at 11:09 AM PST - 4 comments

NO HOMO
No Homo! Current's "That's Gay" addresses a hip-hop trend. (NSFW Language).
posted by hermitosis at 11:01 AM PST - 288 comments

Are nuclear weapons safe in Pakistan?
Defending the Arsenal: In an unstable Pakistan, can nuclear warheads be kept safe?
posted by homunculus at 10:44 AM PST - 21 comments

The Education of Little Fraud
Many kids read The Education of Little Tree in school, but the author of the book, Forrest Carter, was actually Asa Carter, a staunch racist and charlatan.
posted by reenum at 9:12 AM PST - 101 comments

Slow lede - get to the news faster
When the Toronto Star announced that they were outsourcing in-house editing jobs, the union wasn't too happy. Neither was this disgruntled editor.
posted by Saxon Kane at 8:26 AM PST - 83 comments

Is this survey OK by you?
The Survey of American Jewish Language and Identity reports on the results of an online survey of 25,179 American Jews and 4,874 American Gentiles. Non-Jews say "klutz" but not "schmutz." The more Orthodox you are, the more likely you are to say "Good Shabbos" instead of "Shabbat Shalom." And so much more you'll plotz.
posted by escabeche at 8:12 AM PST - 87 comments

What does a man with pie want? More pie.
Imagine an alternate world, where the idea for "The Matrix" had been pitched to Charlie Chaplin. Behold.
posted by CheeseDigestsAll at 7:34 AM PST - 41 comments

Bert the Chimney Sweep Takes the Red Pill
Sunday night 60 Minutes aired a segment on the state of cyber crime & cyber terror which included the extraordinary claim that unknown hackers were behind massive power outages in Brazil in 2005 & 2007. Now Wired Magazine's Threat Level blog says that's just not true. According to two studies (PDF, Portuguese) by the Brazilian government it was buildup of soot on insulators that caused the blackouts, not super-hackers demonstrating their abilities. Is the US Intelligence Community passing around false information to justify its relevance?
posted by scalefree at 7:02 AM PST - 52 comments

Panic Attack!
Music video for Snake featuring giant stompy robots invading Uruguay. Short film sans band. Behind the scenes.
posted by fearfulsymmetry at 6:28 AM PST - 13 comments

Armin Gessert passed away.
Armin Gessert, the creator of the classic Giana Sisters game and more recently a remake on Nintendo DS no less, passed away (German) on Sunday Nov 9, 2009. Giana has quite the fan following, and has been ported to pc, 32k among others. Also, previously 1. [more inside]
posted by lundman at 3:03 AM PST - 16 comments

Who needs the Kwik-E-mart? Not me.
Re-inhabited Circle Ks - an exhibit of identical storefronts abandoned by a national chain of convenience stores and re-purposed by new businesses. [more inside]
posted by mullacc at 2:46 AM PST - 61 comments