December 5, 2008
SCIENCE!!!
The Evoluon was a museum dedicated to science and technology, and the place of technology in society. It was closed for the public in 1989 and has not been re-opened as a public museum since. Watch the wonderfully 60s promotion (worth it just for the soundtrack). [via]
posted by tellurian at 11:46 PM PST - 12 comments

Not THAT kind of paddle game!
Flash Friday: Pel will sate your need for a paddle game with juggling thrown in for good measure.
posted by schyler523 at 8:49 PM PST - 11 comments

Clarkesworld science fiction magazine
Clarkesworld Magazine has been serving up new science fiction and fantasy short fiction monthly free of charge since October of 2006. The current issue has a story by Robert Reed. Among the authors who have been published in Clarkesworld Magazine are Mike Resnick, Elizabeth Bear, Jeff VanderMeer and Sarah Monette. Clarkesworld has a podcast of readings of selected stories from the magazine. The magazine also publishes non-fiction, separated into two categories, commentary and interviews. Among those interviewed are Gene Wolfe, Kage Baker and Steven Erikson. There is also a covers gallery and a discussion forum.
posted by Kattullus at 8:49 PM PST - 13 comments

Caught in the ring flash
Lina Scheynius I like her loose, ethereal snapshot style, and the playful sexuality. Nudity.
posted by klangklangston at 8:35 PM PST - 22 comments

"...a liberal who's been mugged..."
A discussion about "white fear" and "black crime" [more inside]
posted by neroli at 7:28 PM PST - 92 comments

So crescent fresh!
Sifl & Olly are two sockpuppets that had a show on MTV from 1997 to 1999. In the time allotted to them, they would conduct interviews, take calls from the public, and shill for the Precious Roy Home Shopping Network. In between, they’d talk with their friend Chester, and ROCK!! Call now, and Precious Roy will throw in this extra large tube of S&O, that's four hours and thirty-seven minutes worth for ya kids, let's take some calls! [more inside]
posted by not_on_display at 7:10 PM PST - 56 comments

Love has Enemies
Chris Dane Owens' epic medieval bluescreen journey to poprock superstardom. Video directed by academy award winning Robert Short. [more inside]
posted by Count at 6:47 PM PST - 11 comments

The Cat Came Back
Garfield Minus Garfield Plus Garfield [more inside]
posted by ardgedee at 5:24 PM PST - 51 comments

Are fortification and foreign aid making Kabul more dangerous?
The Archipelago of Fear. "International surveys show that the more people trust their neighbours, strangers, and their government, the more likely they are to help strangers, to vote, and to volunteer. If better streets, sidewalks, walls, and buildings all improve the ways people engage with one another, then the reverse should also be true: antagonistic architecture can corrode trust and fuel hostility. Kabul just might be a laboratory of toxic urbanity."
posted by homunculus at 4:28 PM PST - 20 comments

Ball ball ball, footie footie footie, ball ball ball, football!
The future of soccer in America is black, female and from the inner-city.
posted by Artw at 4:14 PM PST - 27 comments

Letters to Young Artists
Wear Good Shoes : Advice for Young Photographers. [via] [more inside]
posted by grapefruitmoon at 3:17 PM PST - 15 comments

Forrest J. Ackerman, R.I.P.
His magazine Famous Monsters of Filmland was as important to my childhood as Mad magazine, he had one of the greatest collections of Sci-Fi memorabilia in private hands, and frankly, I'm a little torn up at the moment, so I'll end this FPP with a tip of the hat to Forrest J. Ackerman, a true hero of mine.
posted by dbiedny at 2:11 PM PST - 55 comments

The War Of the Flea
Nano War: Infectious Flash Fun. Colonize blobs, send swarms, and win superior numbers. Free multi-player and level editor. Dangerously addictive. [more inside]
posted by The Whelk at 1:45 PM PST - 24 comments

CPJ's census of jailed journalists in 2008
The Committee to Protect Journalists has released the 2008 prison census. China retains the lead with Tibetan issues bringing them 28 jailed journalists. Cuba claims 2nd place with 21 jailed journalists. Burma & Eritrea almost tied for 3rd with 14 & 13, respectively. But the biggest news is internet journalists are now the largest group of journalists in jail.
posted by jeffburdges at 12:45 PM PST - 17 comments

Remember, the Vinegar Man loves you.
This is your Grand Central Station for Vinegar Information. Learn how to make use and enjoy vinegar.
posted by mudpuppie at 11:18 AM PST - 47 comments

Simpson sentenced
O.J. Simpson has been sentenced to 16 years in prison for armed robbery. Simpson will remain in custody if he appeals. He may be eligible for parole in six years. An L.A. Times timeline of Simpson's legal history.
posted by Marisa Stole the Precious Thing at 11:07 AM PST - 107 comments

sometimes it sounds like Kitty Genovese
Why should you risk your own life to save another human being? Maybe altruism in innate, like a bird's pretty song, or is it something that must be learned?
posted by four panels at 10:58 AM PST - 62 comments

puzzle shooter
Fat Cat : a bit of friday flash fun
posted by jammy at 10:48 AM PST - 15 comments

What is 10 or 20 Trillion US dollars between friends?
Nassim Nicholas Taleb, author of the award-winning book The Black Swan, (previously), was interviewed recently by Charlie Rose: A conversation about economics with Nassim Taleb (as well as Time Magazine.) Taleb is more pessimistic than Nouriel Roubini, (previously, previously) who thinks that the total sum for this current global meltdown may be somewhere between 10-20 Trillion US dollars.
posted by gen at 10:44 AM PST - 19 comments

The X most blankiest somethings in the history of whatever
The X most blankiest somethings in the history of whatever. It's "...one stupid article that, (due to its total lack of focus and consistency) not one person will fully enjoy".
posted by An Infinity Of Monkeys at 10:44 AM PST - 23 comments

'Where Forgotton Books are Remembered'
The Neglected Books Page
posted by anastasiav at 10:13 AM PST - 13 comments

Girl with No Arms pilots plane
A woman with no arms has conquered flying It's not all sensible, though. As she says at the end, she literally has her life in her "own feet." Flying a plane never looked so comfortable.
posted by jwakawaka at 9:31 AM PST - 22 comments

Pour out some tea on the curb for Mr. Bentley
Paul Benedict, who was best known as the affable English neighbor Harry Bentley on the sitcom "The Jeffersons," has died at age 70.
posted by porn in the woods at 8:41 AM PST - 41 comments

Jones' Big Ass Truck Rental & Storage
Jones' Big Ass Truck Rental & Storage SLYT [via]
posted by alby at 8:35 AM PST - 23 comments

Captured By The Norwegians
Captured By The Norwegians. A book of photography from 1952, by photographer Robert A. Robinson. [more inside]
posted by chunking express at 8:12 AM PST - 6 comments

Class, conspiracy and confinement: an everyday story of a missing child
The disappearance of the pretty, middle-class Madeline McCann saw first an outpouring of sympathy verging on national hysteria and then the press wondering if the couple themselves had something to do with her disappearance. When Shannon Matthews, a nine-year-old from Dewsbury went missing months later, the media coverage centred on her mother Karen's private life and her council estate upbringing; the media was accused of classism because Shannon was less pretty and working class. Unlike Madeleine, Shannon was later found after one of the UK's biggest missing persons searches - inside the double bed of her mother's friend, with instructions to keep quiet and traces of temazepam in her hair. [more inside]
posted by mippy at 7:58 AM PST - 56 comments

What to do with cities like Flint?
Politicians and citizens alike are struggling with the decision to bail out the under-performing American automakers. But what will happen to the cities and towns of the Midwest if the automakers fail? Flint, Michigan provides an interesting template. In the 1960s and 70s, Flint had a population of 200,000 and was home to some 80,000 autoworkers. Today, after many plant closures, relocations, and worker buyouts, only 8,000 autoworkers remain. So, what are we to do with cities like Flint? There have been lots of ideas, like demolishing dilapidated houses, renovating brownfield sites like Chevy-in-the-Hole [pdf], downtown business renovation, and increasing community participation by giving ownership of vacant lots to local homeowners. [more inside]
posted by billysumday at 7:40 AM PST - 54 comments

Coldplagiarism?
Guitarist Joe Satriani sues Coldplay over Viva La Vida (audio). Satriani's version: If I Could Fly (audio).
posted by starman at 7:34 AM PST - 111 comments

Ratify it! Ratify it! Ratify it!
On 5 December 1933, 75 years ago today, Utah became the 36th state to ratify the Twenty-First Amendment of the United States Constitution, signalling the end of the Prohibition era.
posted by HaloMan at 6:47 AM PST - 32 comments

Did they put it in their back pocket after they took it?
Empire State Building Stolen. The News swiped the 102-story Art Deco skyscraper by drawing up a batch of bogus documents, making a fake notary stamp and filing paperwork with the city to transfer the deed to the property. Previously
posted by Xurando at 6:15 AM PST - 19 comments

Daily Dose.
Concise, bite-size summaries of the wisdom of the BBC's pure and godly Platitude of the Day presenters. With original text and speech.
posted by gman at 4:41 AM PST - 12 comments

This title sounds like tit-le
Indian Nipple Song and May He Poop? (Previously)
posted by twoleftfeet at 3:06 AM PST - 32 comments

An interesting take on galactic conquest
An interesting take on galactic conquest for a Flash game, at least.
posted by XMLicious at 2:53 AM PST - 25 comments