December 3, 2007

Propacrayonda

Coloring is fun! Engage kids and get your message across with soothing, simple style!

Print these .pdfs for the little ones in your life to color. Together, learn a little grown-up wisdom about Being a Witness in Federal Court, Disaster Preparedness, Food Safety with Thermy™, Why Elephants Cry, Biomedical Research with the Lucky Puppy, or how the United Nations is a very bad organization made up of foreign countries who do not want you to be free, with Brasco!
posted by Ambrosia Voyeur at 9:34 PM PST - 47 comments

Blackwater: Our Stories

The Blackwater USA weblog. A blogger sets up a blog for Blackwater so they can enter the conversation about their operations in Iraq.
posted by salishsea at 9:33 PM PST - 37 comments

Frank Zappa smiles from heaven

Transgendered women in lingerie made from taxidermied rats. NSFW unless John Waters is your boss.Via Ectomo, natch.
posted by chinese_fashion at 9:31 PM PST - 56 comments

oodles of... whatever that thing is.

The Foodle! Bassetoodle! A Chi-Poo and a Pomapoo!! Poogles, Doxiepoos, and Miniature Labradoodles! (oodles more here)
posted by Pants! at 7:34 PM PST - 51 comments

Spherical Storytelling

Immersive and panoramic full motion video. [more inside]
posted by Dave Faris at 6:16 PM PST - 26 comments

She without arm, he without leg - ballet - Hand in Hand

Simply amazing dance duo. Hand in Hand - Performed by Ma Li (馬麗) and Zhai Xiaowei (翟孝偉). via MonkeyFilter
posted by HuronBob at 5:58 PM PST - 21 comments

The Dark Edge of the North

Carta Marina - From 1518 to 1519, Olaus Magnus made a journey across Sweden. On his journey, he encountered fish the size of elephants, sea serpents, demons and a tribe of pygmies.
posted by tellurian at 5:48 PM PST - 12 comments

Chimpanzee Memory

Working memory of numerals in chimpanzees. Are you smarter than a chimpanzee?
posted by homunculus at 5:29 PM PST - 41 comments

Face Your Pockets

Face Your Pockets. "Our goal is to not only bring all these objects into light but show the owner of them. During the scanning process it is recommended not to open your eyes."
posted by Soup at 5:12 PM PST - 20 comments

And you thought Guitar Hero was cool...

With the wild success of the Guitar Hero series, using video game controllers shaped like guitars is nothing new. However, the duo at Modal Kombat actually use guitars as video game controllers. They won't reveal all of their tricks, but you can read a bit about their technology here and at this interview with Urban Guitar. The results are awfully impressive. View the original Modal Kombat here, and their newest installment, the admittedly trippy GuitarKart here. via
posted by Ufez Jones at 4:51 PM PST - 5 comments

Radio to the People

The Prometheus Radio Project focuses on building a large community of low power FM stations and listeners. Co-founder Pete Tridish (interview) and Prometheus won a major victory recently as the FCC Moved to Protect Low-Power FM Stations. Check out a couple short films about Prometheus "barn raisings," or launching small community radio stations in Woodburn, Or, Nashville, TN and (especially fascinating) Arusha, Tanzania.
posted by The Straightener at 4:41 PM PST - 26 comments

R.I.P. gigantic tree.

The Klootchy Creek Giant was the tallest sitka spruce in America (although some disagree), and a popular stop for those traveling out to the Oregon coast. Last year it was harmed in a storm, and on Sunday it finally snapped in half.
posted by haplesschild at 4:39 PM PST - 25 comments

Lightly smooshed will get you lightly tased.

"What do you think of that, Santa?" Yet another case of student 'art projects' out of control . . . other incredible violations of mall-Santa lap etiquette:1, 2, 3, and no doubt the most flagrant example, 4. Be careful out there.
posted by huckhound at 4:33 PM PST - 32 comments

Conservative Cartoon All-Stars To The Rescue!

Cartoon All-Stars to the Rescue was an animated drug prevention television special starring many popular cartoon characters from American Saturday morning television. Airing in 1990 and financed by McDonald's, it was simulcast on all three major American television networks. The VHS home video edition of the special also opened with an introduction from then-President George Bush Snr and Barbara Bush. And thanks to the wonders of the interwebs, you can watch the whole thing here. And you really should. After all, where else are you going to get to hear cartoon characters like Garfield and Winnie the Pooh talking about smoking crack and shooting juice? [more inside]
posted by Effigy2000 at 3:16 PM PST - 48 comments

A Big Cheese for a Big Cheese

The Mammoth Cheese of Cheshire was the most unusual gift ever given to a President of the United States. In the aftermath of the "Revolution of 1800", the eccentric Baptist preacher John Leland decided to celebrate the presidency of Thomas Jefferson by convincing the predominantly Baptist farmers of Cheshire, Massachusetts to create a giant 1,235-pound block of cheese as a monument to small-"r" republicanism and religious freedom. [more inside]
posted by jonp72 at 1:39 PM PST - 29 comments

James Barber, 1923-2007

The Urban Peastant dies at 84. I don't know if the show ever got any play in the U.S. but here in Canada I learned to cook as a student from James Barber's show, The Urban Peasant, and from his books. They remain some of my all time favorites. [more inside]
posted by Bovine Love at 12:43 PM PST - 38 comments

Yeti footprints found near Everest

Yeti footprints found near Everest by Joshua Gates (SciFi Channel TV presenter) and his nine-member paranormal investigation team. They discovered three anthropomorphic prints on the bank of Manju near Mt. Everest, after spending one week in the Khumbu region. Stopping short of declaring a belief in the Yeti, Gates doubts the prints were man-made or that they came from a known creature. (See also: AP/Yahoo , IMDB, TV.com, Fortean Times Message Forum, SciFi Channel Destination Truth forum)
posted by christopherious at 12:34 PM PST - 121 comments

Get off my lawn photograph!

Kitchen Budapest is a collective that is aiming to render photographs on land through robotic grass cutting. The project is called Landprint. [more inside]
posted by cashman at 11:43 AM PST - 10 comments

Life imitates soap opera

John Darwin disappeared while canoeing of the coast of North Yorkshire in 2002. He was presumed dead, until he walked into a police station on Saturday with no memory of where he has been for 5 and a half years. [more inside]
posted by roofus at 11:34 AM PST - 38 comments

From Poker to Preachers

Learn how the most opulent casino in the North American hemisphere, complete with guard turrets and escape tunnels, became a Baptist College in 1956. [more inside]
posted by punkfloyd at 11:24 AM PST - 13 comments

Howling Mob Society

The Howling Mob Society. Looking out over the burning Strip District from the safety of his office in Pittsburgh's Union Station, Thomas Alexander Scott must have been humbled. Only days before, as president of the Pennsylvania Railroad, Scott famously suggested that impoverished and striking railroad workers be given “a rifle diet for a few days and see how they like that kind of bread.” Now, with the local Pittsburgh militia all but mutinied and the State Militia rapidly retreating, he must have wondered if his hard-line stance had backfired… [more inside]
posted by damnthesehumanhands at 10:41 AM PST - 9 comments

Dakota, the Last Dinosaur

Scientists find a 'mummified' Hadrosaur in North Dakota "He looks like a blow-up dinosaur in some parts," said Phillip Manning, a paleontologist at the University of Manchester in England who is leading the inquiry. "When you actually look at the detail of the skin, the scales themselves are three dimensional. . . . The arm is breathtaking. It's a three-dimensional arm, you can shake the dinosaur by the hand. It just defies logic that such a remarkable specimen could preserve." [more inside]
posted by Uther Bentrazor at 9:54 AM PST - 52 comments

" It is my goal to have the most complete collection of gaping animal maws that anyone can have"

Gaping Maws is a collection of photos of animals with their mouths wide open. Like this.
posted by hydrophonic at 9:26 AM PST - 40 comments

Consider the pixies....

Williams syndrome is a rare genetic disorder characterized by distinctively "elfin" facial features, an uncanny ability to socialize with strangers, and, often, enhanced musical abilities.
posted by dersins at 9:11 AM PST - 72 comments

Best of Web... or so it claims

Best Web Gallery is an inspirational gallery site where we collect a wide range of quality design websites (Flash & CSS). What is quality design means to us? Quality Design = Visual + Technical + Creativity. Also, Best of CSS design for 2007.
posted by psmealey at 8:20 AM PST - 14 comments

Happy Birthday Big Yin!

Billy At 65: I owe it all to Glasgow. But Glasgow and Scots in general owe Billy Connolly for all the laughs at our own expense...Tourism, Economy, Music, Religion, Sport, Social life, Education, Language, Cuisine, History, Transport and Sex. (Rampant YouTubery: All links potentially offensive and NSFW) [more inside]
posted by brautigan at 6:52 AM PST - 26 comments

Alice in Civil War Land

John Tenniel and the American Civil War. Best known for his illustrations for Alice in Wonderland, John Tenniel also produced political cartoons for the British magazine Punch. This sites collects 54 of Tenniel's cartoons dealing with the American Civil War. In addition to the cartoons themselves, the site gives an explanation of the symbols and props in each cartoon and places them context with then-current events and issues. [more inside]
posted by marxchivist at 5:51 AM PST - 24 comments

Who Wants to Marry a U.S. Citizen?

Still no takers? But it's a proven success.
posted by gman at 5:02 AM PST - 10 comments

Gathering mountains

Docu-Images of China and Tibet. Thomas H. Hahn is a Cornell professor and an excellent photographer. Themed collections include Chinese modern art, urbanisation and architecture, sacred mountains, religion, and historical photographs.
posted by Abiezer at 1:04 AM PST - 5 comments

Bejeweled beauties

Form and Pheromone - truly lovely beetle mosaics and insect art. (via recogedor) Previously: Living Jewels.
posted by madamjujujive at 12:40 AM PST - 20 comments

6A sells LJ to SUP

Six Apart Announces New Home for LiveJournal: Russia
posted by finite at 12:20 AM PST - 84 comments