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November 21, 2007
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posted by Gyan at 11:53 PM PST - 24 comments

a true American hero
Milo Radulovich, RIP --thrown out of the Air Force during the Red Scares, he fought back--Radulovich's case (and the new medium of TV) showed millions the impact McCarthy was having and the absurd lengths he was going to. He himself wasn't ever accused of being a Communist himself tho: [more inside]
posted by amberglow at 11:44 PM PST - 33 comments

Multiple personalities.
Well, someone's gone and made a feature-length biopic on Bob Dylan. It was bound to happen, right? Didn't necessarily expect Cate Blanchett (along with 5 others) to be cast in the role of Bob, but, hey, she looks great with the flyaway hair and the cigarette. Here's a clip, wherein Cate as Bob meets Ginsberg in a golfcart. Here's a trailer and an IMDB page. Here director Todd Haynes talks about the film. He discusses his casting of Blanchett, and offers observations on other aspects of the movie here and here. And if you want to read reviews, there's plenty of 'em.
posted by flapjax at midnite at 11:29 PM PST - 27 comments

The Dalai Lama talks with neuroscientist about craving, suffering and choice
Traveling a lot this weekend? Long drive, plane or train ride? You can use that transit time to listen to the Dalai Lama talk for more than four hours with neuroscientists and Buddhist scholars on the topic of craving, suffering and choice. Part one. Part two. [iTunes links] If you're stuck at home, you can watch the video. The video link has the full list of participants.
posted by Kattullus at 9:57 PM PST - 11 comments

M-I-C-K-E- Why does this sound different?
Covering The Mouse. An MP3 blog dedicated to cover versions of Disney songs. My favorite so far is Gene Simmons' cover of "When You Wish Upon A Star."
posted by amyms at 9:15 PM PST - 17 comments

You won't find Elcho Island in the Mediterranean
I'm sure you'll agree that these Yolngu dancers offer a different interpretation of Zorba the Greek. The dancers have become a youtube 'hit' and are set to tour the Greece in '08.
posted by mattoxic at 8:57 PM PST - 18 comments

Gobble Gobs of Gobbler
How to carve a turkey to get the most meat out: A butcher takes on a cooked turkey. (6.5 minute video, following a 15 second ad.)
posted by rouftop at 7:59 PM PST - 19 comments

David does Berlin
David Lynch talks about invincible Germany in Berlin. Why Mr. Lynch should learn german.
posted by namagomi at 7:54 PM PST - 34 comments

Terminus
Terminus. "After inadvertently offending a strange entity that accosts him on his way to work, a 1970s businessman quickly finds himself in the midst of a bizarre predicament." 205.2 MB Quicktime available here. [Via Neatorama.]
posted by homunculus at 6:20 PM PST - 17 comments

“You got gun in my blade!” “You got blade in my gun!”
Imagine a world without lightsabers—where, instead, every big Star Wars finale consists of a 10-minute slap fight. Thank the maker we’ll never have to witness such a spectacle, because magical and impossibly high-tech weapons are staples of nearly all of our favorite entertainments! ToyFare Magazine presents the 50 Greatest Fictional Weapons of All Time.
posted by cmgonzalez at 6:17 PM PST - 59 comments

Trip Reports
People's written reports of their psychedelic experiences based on the level of their trips after ingesting "magic" mushrooms. (level one, two, three, four, or five) The site includes a dosage calculator for anyone tempted to try them.
posted by augustweed at 5:38 PM PST - 135 comments

Destroying Homes Since 1992
Discussion of the beauty and consequences of urban decay pops up here from time to time. In 1992 Lambert-St. Louis International Airport began its expansion program. The airport's website has a timeline and lots of photos. Since the planning began, there has been a fair amount of controversy of one form or another surrounding the expansion. Despite all the shininess of their press releases, things are progressing very slowly. The people who have been impacted most, however, are the people who lived in the communities on top of which the expansion is happening. They have all been displaced. [more inside]
posted by jeffamaphone at 3:56 PM PST - 11 comments

"You know Rudolph and Frosty, Kris Kringle and Ralphie . . . "
Park your carcass in front of the TV for the next six weeks. Here is the upcoming broadcast schedule for every show that has even the tiniest connection to The Most Wonderful Time of the Year.
posted by Kibbutz at 3:22 PM PST - 31 comments

Homebrew Chef
Cook Thanksgiving Dinner with Beer-Based Recipes Oh, and don't forget to stock your fridge with the recommendations listed in "Beer Pairings for Thanksgiving Dinner". Happy Turkey Day!
posted by grateful at 12:45 PM PST - 19 comments

Has No Music Day Run Its Course
It's No Music Day again (previously), and this year, Bill Drummond has convinced BBC Radio Scotland to take part. His Guardian article discusses changes in his view of it since last year, as does his article on the BBC site. More on the fast from the New York Times.
posted by motty at 12:02 PM PST - 41 comments

The 30-Second Senate Session
The 30-Second Senate Session: In order to prevent President Bush from making recess appointments, the U.S. Senate will technically stay open over the Thanksgiving holiday. The result? A U.S. Senate session that lasts, gavel-to-gavel, exactly 30 seconds.
posted by Cool Papa Bell at 11:38 AM PST - 79 comments

And by "your money", I mean "my money"
What do you call it when your insurance company takes your accident settlement to repay the medical costs you have incurred? If you said subrogation, you were close.
posted by butterstick at 11:14 AM PST - 97 comments

Well played, my remixing friend.
Midi plus Art plus Cleverness with video game nostalgia then put up on Youtube -- What does that equal? Beats me, but it sure looks and sounds cool. [more inside]
posted by Mr.Encyclopedia at 10:16 AM PST - 11 comments

Ricky Williams on 'Oprah'
Talking back to Prozac. Review article in The New York Review of Books, covering some issues concerning the diagnosis and treatment of depression.
posted by hydatius at 10:11 AM PST - 57 comments

Yuppies with Spears
We've done anarchoprimitivism before (1, 2) with mixed results.

Some people have a different take. For my part, I don't think Daniel Quinn ever intended to inspire anything involving Segways.
posted by Arturus at 9:47 AM PST - 18 comments

Cooking the Books
Multinational food and pharmaceutical company Podrovka is cooking its books -- literally. Its latest annual report includes a section that must be baked in the oven before it can be read.
posted by brain_drain at 9:43 AM PST - 21 comments

A surprising idea for "solving" climate change
The historically significant* "4th IPCC report on global warming" was published in full last weekend to wide publicity. Part 1 "The Science". Part 2 "The Impacts" and Part 3 "The Solutions" - each about a 1000 page 6 pound brick, but summaries make it accessible. Beyond its gloomy dire warnings and calls for immediate action, observed global measurements of CO2 levels are already worse than the worse case scenarios and some say the report is overly conservative and already outdated. However there is a surprising idea for "solving" climate change (TED) that may be inevitable.
posted by stbalbach at 9:34 AM PST - 30 comments

"Teenage Stories."
"Teenage Stories." Award-winning photography by Julia Fullerton-Batten (flash). With interviews (pdf).
posted by Soup at 9:32 AM PST - 16 comments

They Might Be Giants
Scientists discover fossilized claw of enormous ancient sea scorpion. They estimate this thing was 2.5 meters long. Sorry about the nightmares. [via]
posted by flotson at 9:26 AM PST - 49 comments

Science is a wonderful thing if one does not have to earn one's living at it
The changing role of the U.S. presidential science adviser. (PDF) [more inside]
posted by Terminal Verbosity at 9:15 AM PST - 4 comments

Who knew we had a National Helium Reserve?
Worldwide helium shortage results in pricey Thanksgiving Day Parades. Was selling off the National Helium Reserve a mistake, or was PJ O'Rourke right in calling the reserve "Amazingly stupid, even by Government standards"?
posted by selfmedicating at 8:48 AM PST - 45 comments

Moveon Facebook
Moveon.org has now joined the fight. Now you can join too. Previously.
posted by gman at 8:03 AM PST - 75 comments

So what is web design?
Jeffrey Zeldman on what web design is and isn't.
posted by Brandon Blatcher at 7:41 AM PST - 40 comments

The Courier's Tragedy
Worried about government eavesdropping on your e-mails? Hushmail allows you to communicate securely with other Hush users. Unless the government is involved. The guy who created PGP said the company only undoes encryption when given a court order and is not turning over customer records wholesale to government agencies. But who needs a court order?
posted by Smedleyman at 5:52 AM PST - 34 comments

The hermit of the Wolverhampton Ring Road
Joseph Stawinoga, tramp, hermit, holy man, Facebook celebrity and (alleged) former member of the SS, has died, aged 86.
posted by low_horrible_immoral at 5:05 AM PST - 11 comments

Somehow he has footage of my happy place.
Ivan Maximov makes some lovely and strange animation. [more inside]
posted by louche mustachio at 2:48 AM PST - 17 comments

Is the Stem Cell Debate (almost) Over?
After recent promising results demonstrating the ability to change mouse skin cells into stem cells, researchers have replicated this change in human skin cells in papers published in Science and Cell (access to full articles requires subscription) . The White House, somehow, is trying to take credit for this. The potential of all this: huge.
posted by switchsonic at 2:41 AM PST - 57 comments