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November 22, 2008
Blindspots
Blindspots is a continually-updated collection of movie reviews based around one very interesting concept -- how accessible they are to the visually impaired. [more inside]
posted by flatluigi at 11:20 PM PST - 25 comments

Megaman the Movie
Speaking of robots, here is a trailer for Megaman the Movie, a low budget live action adaptation of the classic NES game. [sort of previously] [more inside]
posted by Caduceus at 10:49 PM PST - 25 comments

Pfft! You Was Gone
What began as a gospel song became Archie Campbell's signature song on Hee Haw, with the help of Gordie Tapp and some surprise celebrity guests.
posted by Knappster at 10:44 PM PST - 19 comments

Ride the Roomba!
Pets have long been afraid of anything robotic, whether it be Roomba or Robotic Dog, but times they are a'changing and Pets are fighting back and have learned to overcome.
posted by Del Far at 9:25 PM PST - 16 comments

Cleaning Up.
As the Bay Area looks to become the electric vehicle capital of America, the 2009 Volkswagen Jetta TDI won the Green Car of the Year Award at the LA Auto Show.
posted by gman at 9:24 PM PST - 34 comments

Infopornographics
Everything is prettier as a flow chart. [more inside]
posted by puckish at 8:58 PM PST - 31 comments

Broken Windows Theory Experiments
A place that is covered in graffiti and festooned with rubbish makes people feel uneasy. And with good reason, according to a group of researchers in the Netherlands. Kees Keizer and his colleagues at the University of Groningen deliberately created such settings as a part of a series of experiments designed to discover if signs of vandalism, litter and low-level lawbreaking could change the way people behave. They found that they could, by a lot: doubling the number who are prepared to litter and steal.
A story about a series of experiments on The Broken Windows Theory. [more inside]
posted by Foci for Analysis at 8:56 PM PST - 23 comments

Redundant trainer
Now we know what Mike Post has been up to lately. It's a treadmill. Powered by your feet. That you run on. Outdoors. On the road. Kind of like...running...on the road. The mind boggles.
posted by ericbop at 7:41 PM PST - 56 comments

The kids aren't on your lawn, they're in the house and don't even notice you.
Immersion
posted by Brandon Blatcher at 4:40 PM PST - 82 comments

Got mad hydration in the troposphere
This weather forecast rap is one of many funny musical videos by GoRemy (website, blog). Some of his videos make fun of politics, and he was interviewed by Politico earlier this year. If he seems familiar, you may remember him from Hummus: The Rap or his question about taxes which was asked during the CNN/YouTube presidential debates.
posted by Tehanu at 3:10 PM PST - 5 comments

The Disappearing Male
“The Disappearing Male” is a one-hour documentary about one of the most important, and least publicized, issues facing the human species: the toxic threat to the male reproductive system. The whole documentary is on Google Video.
posted by rageagainsttherobots at 12:16 PM PST - 118 comments

Making Tracks
"We were looking for pretty animals that have eyes, are coloured, or glow in the dark; instead, the most interesting find was the organism that was blind, brainless, and completely covered in mud." Some of the oldest fossil records may need to be reconsidered: Dr. Mikhail Matz of the University of Texas has discovered Gromia Sphaerica, a species of protist, making tracks.... [more inside]
posted by Kronos_to_Earth at 10:35 AM PST - 21 comments

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Agence France-Presse or AFP is the world's oldest established news agency.
AFP pays tribute to the International Festival of Photojournalism.
Check out the portfolios of photographers such as Olivier Laban-Mattei or Lionel Healling... or... or any of the others here all with captioned slide show.
posted by adamvasco at 9:17 AM PST - 3 comments

Policy Potpourri
Policy Archive compiles research and recommendations from think tanks, universities, government agencies and foundations into one browseable/searchable site. Designed to give the non-wonk layperson free, centralized access to subject-specific information on public policy in the USA, Policy Archive offers quick links to topics like banking & finance, education, labor, and military. Or just browse by who wrote, published, or funded a given bit of research. 16,000+ documents and growing.
posted by Rykey at 7:46 AM PST - 12 comments

The Divine Right of Kings
The Devil's Whore is a tale set in the English Civil War about a fictional woman, Angelica Fanshawe, and how her life intersects with the real events and key figures of the time, including Charles I and Oliver Cromwell. (Featuring a welcome return to the small screen for John Simm as the mysterious Edward Sexby) [more inside]
posted by chuckdarwin at 5:31 AM PST - 31 comments

Burj Dubai BASE Jump
World Record BASE Jump: from 650 meters up the Burj Dubai. [Via]
posted by homunculus at 12:20 AM PST - 47 comments