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November 25, 2008
Up in the sky!
The entirety of the Fleischer/Famous Studios Superman Film Series. In the early 1940s, this series raised the bar for theatrical shorts with its fluid animation and action-packed storylines. It remains a classic series thanks to its high production values and historical significance not only as the first comic-to-film adaptation, but also as an occasional vehicle for American propaganda during the war.
posted by cthuljew at 10:59 PM PST - 21 comments

Green Genes
"Leaves that crawl".... Assimilated chloroplasts give a species of sea slug its deep green glow; and to keep it, Elysia Chlorotica becomes even a little more plant-like....
posted by Kronos_to_Earth at 9:04 PM PST - 23 comments

An A to Z of M. F. K.
A, in M. F. K. Fisher's case, is not for apple—it's for dining alone. The full text of her 1949 series An Alphabet for Gourmets is now available online. [via] [more inside]
posted by AceRock at 8:05 PM PST - 17 comments

One Foxxy Brady
Jamie Foxx Performs the Theme to "The Brady Bunch". SLYT.
posted by New Frontier at 7:23 PM PST - 29 comments

Remaking the case for humanitarian intervention abroad.
From The Economist (remember who they endorsed recently?): What Congo Means for Obama.
posted by allkindsoftime at 7:20 PM PST - 31 comments

From 0 to 60 to World Domination
"Engineers Rule" and "The Toyota Way": How Toyota and Honda have bested the Big Three.
posted by rollbiz at 5:34 PM PST - 131 comments

A comic for you to enjoy
The Abominable Charles Christopher. Please enjoy this comic. I think it is delightful in every way.
posted by boo_radley at 3:25 PM PST - 62 comments

Special Bail Out Offer, No Payments Until January 20th
Have we jumped over all the hurdles in our ongoing economic fiasco? Probably not, the next hurdle is Credit Cards. [more inside]
posted by Xurando at 3:21 PM PST - 99 comments

Ancient Greek Drama for the Moderns
"The plays can reassure a soldier, she says, 'that I am not alone, that I am not going crazy, that I am joined by the ages of warriors and their loved ones who've gone before me, and who have done what most in society have no idea our warriors do.' " The Philoctetes Project. (video available)
posted by wittgenstein at 2:54 PM PST - 6 comments

Screaming Eagle
When I heard NPR's remembrance of Tom Gish yesterday, I figured someone would beat me to posting about him here on the Blue for sure, but apparently not. Gish, who died last week at 82, was the editor and publisher of The Mountain Eagle, a rural Kentucky newspaper. While still covering typical small-town happenings over the last 50+ years, he and his wife Pat (and eventually their kids) brought to light myriad injustices, from political corruption to poverty, safety violations in local mines to illiteracy. I found this appreciation, with bottom line proof of the Gish's popularity and influence, despite the death threats, firebombing, boycotts, and other hardships they endured:

"The population of Letcher is less than half what it was when they moved up here," said Ben Gish, editor of The Mountain Eagle and the couple's son. "But circulation has more than tripled."
posted by yiftach at 2:45 PM PST - 6 comments

Man arrested for possession of explicit manga
A man -- Christopher Handler -- has been arrested in Iowa for possession of explicit yaoi and lolicon manga. [more inside]
posted by peacheater at 1:54 PM PST - 156 comments

Heiko Müller
Heiko Müller - Paintings and Drawings. [Via]
posted by homunculus at 1:05 PM PST - 4 comments

His name is Robert Paulson
The Bra for Boys blossoms in Japan.
posted by cytherea at 1:02 PM PST - 32 comments

He made her forget she was a Communist.
He's a madman, she thought as he made love to her again. Oh my God, after twenty years of being the most rational Bolshevik woman in Moscow, this goblin has driven me crazy! Oh joy! It's time for the annual Bad Sex Award. Shortlist is up at The Guardian.
posted by jokeefe at 10:57 AM PST - 69 comments

Two "new" sites for film lovers
The Auteurs is a new web site (in beta) for film lovers--and, for those film lovers, Criterion has relaunched their site. Now with the ability to watch (some of) their films online for $5 (good for a week's worth of watching one title). The viewing cost is also applicable to the cost of buying the same title on DVD.
posted by Manhasset at 8:58 AM PST - 22 comments

Droste Effect Video
You might have seen the Droste Effect before, perhaps even the animated version. But here's a new iteration - a music video.
posted by le morte de bea arthur at 8:45 AM PST - 28 comments

"We're not deciding that anorexia is wrong. It just IS wrong."
Pro-Anorexia Group presence ballooning on Facebook. [more inside]
posted by Potomac Avenue at 7:40 AM PST - 161 comments

"Do you live here?"
Offshore wind farm stirs up a tempest. Lines are being drawn in the battle over a proposed windmill development to be built in Lake Ontario two kilometres out from the Scarborough Bluffs? Is this just another case of NIMBYism? Or are wind farms unreliable, dangerous to migratory birds, and a source of health problems for people who live near them?
posted by you just lost the game at 7:20 AM PST - 76 comments

Till human voices wake us
Alone Together. In American lore, the small town is the archetypal community, a state of grace from which city dwellers have fallen.

Yet the picture of cities—and New York in particular—that has been emerging from the work of social scientists is that the people living in them are actually less lonely. Rather than driving people apart, large population centers pull them together, and as a rule tend to possess greater community virtues than smaller ones.
posted by plexi at 7:19 AM PST - 92 comments

Yukio Mishima 14 January 1925 - 25 November 1970
"There's something very shabby about a noble grave... Political power and the power of wealth result in splendid graves. Really impressive graves, you know. Such creatures never had any imagination while they lived, and quite naturally their graves don't leave any room for imagination either. But noble people live only on the imaginations of themselves and others, and so they leave graves like this one which inevitably stir one's imagination. And this I find even more wretched. Such people, you see, are obliged even after they are dead to continue begging people to use their power of imagination." - Yukio Mishima via Kashiwagi in The Temple of the Golden Pavilion. On this, the anniversary of Mishima's transformation into a headless god, a collection of video links. [more inside]
posted by eccnineten at 6:59 AM PST - 11 comments

Robert Frank’s Unsentimental Journey
Robert Frank’s Unsentimental Journey. "Published in 1958, Robert Frank’s photographic manifesto, The Americans, torched the national myth, bringing him such comrades as Jack Kerouac, Allen Ginsberg, and—for a controversial documentary—the Rolling Stones. On a trip to China, the 83-year-old rebel of postwar film still defies expectations." [more inside]
posted by chunking express at 6:31 AM PST - 6 comments

Take the Skizin Off.
Gettin' mashed with Snoop and Martha. SLYT
posted by gman at 6:17 AM PST - 56 comments

Better to give than to receive
Charity fundraising volunteers, known colloquially as "chuggers", are a common sight in downtown London. And charity watchdog group Intelligent Giving believes they should be banned. Chuggers are not without their defenders, of course, or their detractors. Some have already downplayed Intelligent Giving's report, and Mick Aldridge, chief executive of the Public Fundraising Regulatory Association, has called it "grossly irresponsible".
posted by Marisa Stole the Precious Thing at 2:39 AM PST - 65 comments

2008 Corporate bad
In the 20 years that we've published our annual list,
we've covered corporate villains, scoundrels, criminals and miscreants. We've reported on some really bad stuff - from Exxon's Valdez spill to Union Carbide and Dow's effort to avoid responsibility for the Bhopal disaster; from oil companies coddling dictators (including Chevron and CNPC, both profiled this year) to a bank (Riggs) providing financial services for Chilean dictator Augusto Pinochet; from oil and auto companies threatening the future of the planet by blocking efforts to address climate change to duplicitous tobacco companies marketing cigarettes around the world by associating their product with images of freedom, sports, youthful energy and good health. But we've never had a year like 2008.
( via ). [more inside]
posted by adamvasco at 1:51 AM PST - 37 comments