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November 15, 2010
Not worse or staying the same
It gets better - Lucy Knisley's webcomic contribution to the It Gets Better project (previously)
posted by Artw at 9:42 PM PST - 21 comments

He was my brother...
Andrew Goodman was a classmate and friend of Paul Simon. During the Freedom Summer of 1964, Andrew, Mickey Schwerner and James Chaney were arrested in Mississippi for speeding, and, after being released and encouraged to leave town, were shot by the KKK. The song is attributed to Paul Kane (AKA Paul Simon).
posted by HuronBob at 9:21 PM PST - 24 comments

James Blunt prevented World War III
While in Kosovo, singer James Blunt refused an order to attack Russian troops, "preventing World War III."
posted by kchiou at 8:26 PM PST - 62 comments

Pornoscan goes mobile
Thinking of not flying to avoid being scanned? Better not drive either: A breakthrough in X-ray detection technology, AS&E's Z Backscatter Van™ (ZBV) is a low-cost, extremely maneuverable screening system built into a commercially available delivery van. The ZBV allows for immediate deployment in response to security threats, and its high throughput capability facilitates rapid inspections. The system's unique "drive-by" capability allows one or two operators to conduct X-ray imaging of suspect vehicles and objects while the ZBV drives past. [more inside]
posted by 445supermag at 8:18 PM PST - 43 comments

Josephine and Frederick's grand adventure
Democratic Republic of Congo: Lubumbashi to Kinshasa. We made the decision to tackle this part of Democratic Republic of Congo when we were in Egypt. It would take us about 4 months to drive from Cairo down to the Zambia/DRC border. We immediately started our quest for information. It would soon become clear that very little information was available. We did not know of a single traveler that did this in the last 20 years. We knew of two who tried (both on motorbikes) in recent years. One crashed after a few days and got evacuated. The other got arrested and deported. Both didn't get very far. So we had to be creative and think of other sources of information. If there is one thing you can find anywhere in the world it is Coca-Cola. They should know how to get their goods in the country. We had no response via email, so we called them up. Their answer was pretty short: They do not have a distribution network outside the major cities in Congo. And it proved to be true, Congo is the first country we have visited were Coca-cola is hard to get once you leave the major cities. The moral of the story was: nobody knew anything about the road conditions.
posted by bluesky43 at 6:12 PM PST - 167 comments

A living post-mortem
Dead Homer Society is a Simpsons related blog that reviews the latest episodes of the show, provides quotes of the day, and perhaps most notably compares and contrasts segments between what the author terms "the Simpsons" and "Zombie Simpsons". [more inside]
posted by codacorolla at 6:00 PM PST - 78 comments

There's . . . Killebrew, and Gehringer, and Heilmann and Robinson.
The Periodic Table of Baseball Hall-of-Famers. [more inside]
posted by Copronymus at 5:48 PM PST - 10 comments

Is there a problem with Exchange Traded Funds?
A recent report (pdf) from the Kauffman foundation on Exchange Traded Funds (ETFs) has suggested that these investment vehicles may be contributing to a number of problems in the stock market (summary, video). [more inside]
posted by pombe at 5:09 PM PST - 22 comments

It Still is The Sweet Life
2010 was the 50th anniversary of Fellini's La Dolce Vita. [more inside]
posted by Xurando at 5:01 PM PST - 13 comments

GAY PRIDE? WHAT ABOUT STRAIGHT PRIDE
Privilege Denying Dude is an Advice Dog/Courage Wolf/Pokeparents style meme that has enraptured Sady Doyle. Make your own on memegenerator.
posted by NoraReed at 3:29 PM PST - 141 comments

Magazine 60
'60s medley from French elecro-synth band Magazine 60, probably most famous for their 1985 hit Don Quichotte.
posted by puny human at 3:11 PM PST - 6 comments

Yet for some reason the machines always produce a beverage almost, but not quite, entirely unlike tea
Japan is home to a lot of vending machines, some estimations placing one machine for every 23 people, and they're getting "smarter." In 2008, some cigarette vending machines had a digital camera with equipment to judge the age of the cigarette buyer, though relatively small magazine pictures could fool most of these new machines. In the last few months, JR East Water Business Co, a subsidiary of train operator East Japan Railway, has started to roll out high-tech vending machines that recommend a drink based on the users age and gender, using facial recognition technology and drink-preference data. [more inside]
posted by filthy light thief at 3:10 PM PST - 33 comments

Uncertain Futures
Uncertain Futures: Americans and Science Fiction in the Early Cold War Era [via Futurismic]
posted by brundlefly at 3:04 PM PST - 4 comments

Browser Experiments
Tolia Demidov presents browser experiments, illusions, puzzles, and... fun.
posted by netbros at 2:28 PM PST - 4 comments

The problem of powering paradise
Professor Brian Cox: "If there were an afterlife I would have to reconsider the engineering design of fridges with a very critical eye" The field of cessation thermodynamics considers how the hereafter might be powered - probably without 21 grams of human soul - and whether this may mean hell will freeze over. [more inside]
posted by rongorongo at 1:42 PM PST - 19 comments

using technology to show that government can work
Elizabeth Warren on setting up the Bureau of Consumer Financial Protection - lecture starts here, but really starts getting good here: "I feel like this is a boring speech." stay for the Q&A.
posted by kliuless at 1:23 PM PST - 27 comments

Zed's dead, baby, Zed's dead
To the public in the wide world, she may be known mostly from two short scenes (1,2) in Pulp Fiction. Maria de Medeiros, however, has also played in a number of American, Spanish, Italian, Brazilian, Portuguese, British, French and Austrian movies, and is a critically acclaimed director. Oh, and she sings. Rather well.
posted by Skeptic at 1:16 PM PST - 23 comments

COICA still alive
The "Combating Online Infringement and Counterfeits Act" (COICA) is back on the Judiciary Committee's schedule. This bill would create two blacklists (without due process) of domains which ISPs (in the USofA) would be forced to block, based on alleged copyright infringement. [more inside]
posted by morganw at 1:11 PM PST - 42 comments

Better a live goat than a dead one...
Two and a half million Muslims went on the annual pilgrimage to Mecca on Nov 14, 2010. The day after Hajj is celebrated as Eid-ul-Azha by Muslims all over the world. This year, in light of the flood aftermath in Pakistan, the Pakistan Animal Welfare Society is suggesting a substitute for the traditional animal sacrifice on Eid. [more inside]
posted by bardophile at 12:00 PM PST - 31 comments

The the real cost of Open Table
A glimpse into the business relationship between restaurants and Open Table. It is not the glowing review you were possibly imagining. This will probably make you think twice next time you go to use it.
posted by halseyaa at 11:57 AM PST - 102 comments

They serve their country in the closet
"Don't Ask, Don't Tell" is an exhibit of photographs by Jeff Sheng that is currently on tour in the US. A sharp contrast to his previous work: Fearless, which highlighted young Canadian and US athletes who openly identify as gay, lesbian or transgendered, this new exhibition shows gay American servicemen who cannot, so they have been photographed in uniform with their faces hidden or outside the photo's frame to protect their anonymity. Flash Galleries: DADT 1, DADT 2. [more inside]
posted by zarq at 10:45 AM PST - 17 comments

Editing the Dead
Editing the Dead (Night Of The Living Dead recut as a youtube CYOA thingy)
posted by juv3nal at 10:34 AM PST - 5 comments

Stuffed Chipmunks
50 Pictures of Chipmunks Stuffing Food Into Their Mouths. That is all.
posted by nomadicink at 9:57 AM PST - 40 comments

Follow Me to the Hedge Clippers
Hgiyiyi (hgjhjh, hjhk) by JJJJ and JJJJJ, has been praised by reviewers as "more majestic than Aslan, more intoxicating than Rappaccini's daughter, and more magical than Abcar." But there has been some controversy about the translation, and some critics are angry: "Jjjj can just vdb off." [more inside]
posted by Potomac Avenue at 9:35 AM PST - 61 comments

ChexMix? What's ChexMix?
Days of Our PepsiBlue. Product placement in daytime TV makes the satire in Wayne's World look subtle. Also, it makes the regular dialogue in daytime soaps sound relatively natural and not at all scripted.
posted by jacquilynne at 9:12 AM PST - 108 comments

All the better to see you with, my dear...
Microsoft Kinect (née Project Natal) is sure to be a monster hit this season, and no surprise: Microsoft hopes to disthrone Nintendo's Wii and are supporting the platform with a $500 million marketing budget, larger than the marketing budget for the launch of the original Xbox. However, privacy experts are raising concerns over recent comments made by Xbox CFO Dennis Durkin at at an investors' conference:
“We can cater which content we present to you based on who you are,” Durkin said. “How many people are in the room when an ad is shown? How many people are in the room when a game is being played? When you add this sort of device to a living room, there’s a bunch of business opportunities that come with that.”
One example given was that the Kinect could identify sports jersey worn by players and deliver ads specific to their team. The Kinect platform works with its array of video- and infrared cameras, 3D depth sensors, and stereo microphones, all attached to a motorized platform which can follow players' movements. [more inside]
posted by 2bucksplus at 8:47 AM PST - 116 comments

A letter of love and acceptance
A Mountain I'm Willing To Die On A letter of a mother to her child about religion, love, and acceptance of who you are.
posted by antgly at 7:50 AM PST - 73 comments

Do you see what happens when you fight a stranger in the alps?
Dubbing over dialoge is a necessary evil for any network that wants to play a movie within their standards and practices. But it can often turn a crass, but cogent line into something outright bizarre. The Big Lebowski. Snakes on a Plane. Pulp Fiction. Die Hard 2.
posted by mccarty.tim at 7:45 AM PST - 59 comments

Bygone Mecca
In 1885, Christiaan Snouck Hurgronje took rare sepia-tinted photographs and sound recordings of Mecca. The exhibition will be on display at The Empty Quarter Gallery in Dubai.
posted by gman at 7:31 AM PST - 8 comments

Inspiring Photos of architecture, people and art from Istanbul and Turkey
Istanbul Photos If you love Istanbul like I do, and can't visit often enough, this is a fine place to get a virtual glimpse of all of it.
posted by sandrach at 7:06 AM PST - 9 comments

All Day
Just released a few hours ago, All Day is the newest album by mashup artist Girl Talk (previously).
posted by flatluigi at 6:33 AM PST - 127 comments

You want me to blow on your what?
Is wind power bad? Many people think so. Americans are by far the largest energy user in the world, so why all the backlash ?
posted by woodjockey at 12:43 AM PST - 135 comments