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December 8, 2009
ART FIGHTS AGAINST WAR AND STUPIDITY!
Ah! The Hopeful Pageantry of Bread and Puppet documents the radical puppet theater's Domestic Resurrection Circus, held every summer on its Glover, Vermont grounds from 1975 to 1998, and which featured puppeteers from around the world. They no longer hold the yearly festival, as the crowds grew out of control, but they are still active [ 2009 documentary | part 2 | 3 ], and as always, serving free bread and art as panacea. There's plenty more Bread and Puppet Theater on Youtube. [more inside]
posted by not_on_display at 7:46 PM PST - 19 comments

A Visit to the Pratt University Steam Plant
A Visit to the Pratt University Steam Plant. Antique electrical and mechanical. Brass, copper, iron, oak and stone. It smells of warm oil.
posted by jjray at 7:33 PM PST - 29 comments

The Best of the Oughts
The best films of the decade if the decade in question is 1900-1910.
posted by drezdn at 7:14 PM PST - 13 comments

Caught in a plaid romance
Heard of Lady GaGa, and Bad Romance? Time to introduce Lady GapGap and Plaid Romance. [more inside]
posted by King Bee at 6:46 PM PST - 173 comments

"Jesus Day" in Baghdad
"Jesus Day" in Baghdad.
posted by ibmcginty at 6:39 PM PST - 20 comments

Moral panic and pop-culture for kids
Everything in life is real. A 1985 60 Minutes segment on Dungeons & Dragons (part 2) vs Pokemon is a tool of Satan vs The Truth About Harry Potter [more inside]
posted by The Devil Tesla at 5:50 PM PST - 110 comments

What time did you get home from school today?
Tavi Williams, Style Rookie. Tavi is a (self-described) "Tiny 13 year old dork that sits inside all day wearing awkward jackets and pretty hats. Scatters black petals on Rei Kawakubo's doorsteps and serenades her in rap. I have no where near 4 million readers. Rather cynical and cute as a drained rat. In a sewer. Farting. And spitting out guts." [more inside]
posted by skwt at 4:23 PM PST - 81 comments

Ha Jin
The House Behind A Weeping Cherry by Ha Jin
posted by vronsky at 4:02 PM PST - 12 comments

Well (s)he did wear a dress....
Pope Joan aka La Papessa is the second card of the major arcana in the Tarot. However there were pre tarot images of a female pope. It's a myth that won't go away. There is sometimes historical truth behind legend. The Cathoic Church relegates everything to fable; especially with a film around the corner. Some more thoughts on the facts behind the legend.
posted by adamvasco at 1:48 PM PST - 50 comments

Henry Miller's Watercolors
Henry Miller had always loved art. He first began painting after seeing some Turner prints in a Brooklyn department-store window. There was only one minor drawback: he couldn’t draw. But his best friend, Emil Schnellock, could, and Miller became his disciple. It wasn’t long before he realized that what he lacked in draftsmanship, he made up for in color and composition sense. (previously)
posted by Joe Beese at 1:41 PM PST - 9 comments

Staying Yonge
At 9 a.m. on a clear day in April, Ismail Atievand his friend, D.J. Pataeve, armed themselves with two cameras and walked forty-two kilometres from Yonge and Wellington Streets in Aurora to the point where Yonge Street begins at Queens Quay in Toronto—a journey that took them fourteen hours to complete.
posted by gman at 1:17 PM PST - 37 comments

Color Of The Year 2010
The Color Of The Year 2010: Turquoise Pantone has announced their selection for Color of the Year for 2010, and the winner is Turquoise. Turqouise, according to the color mavens, "evokes thoughts of soothing, tropical waters and a languorous, effective escape from the everyday troubles of the world, while at the same time restoring our sense of wellbeing.” Real turquoise (the mineral) was treasured in antiquity for "natural protection against the powers of darkness" and derives its name from the custom of the Turks to wear one in their turbans to ward off the "evil eye". In case you weren't paying attention this time last year, the Color of the Year for 2009 has been "Mimosa".
posted by briank at 1:14 PM PST - 54 comments

But All The While You Hear The Tokusatsu Kaiju Creeping Up Behind
Michael Jackson's "Thriller" as performed by Ultraman "kaiju" monsters [more inside]
posted by KokuRyu at 12:44 PM PST - 15 comments

Don't believe in God? Can't hold office.
Asheville, NC City Councilman-elect Cecil Bothwell is scheduled to be sworn in today. But critics of Bothwell say he cannot hold office citing NC's constitution which states: "The following persons shall be disqualified for office: First, any person who shall deny the being of Almighty God.” [more inside]
posted by paulinsanjuan at 11:53 AM PST - 72 comments

Lawyer in love
Interview with Marc Randazza Remember the Glenn Beck copyright infringement lawsuit? Did you enjoy the arguments of the defending lawyer?(PDF) That was Marc Randazza. [more inside]
posted by Kirth Gerson at 11:49 AM PST - 13 comments

The Movie Genome Project
Jinni is a movie and TV recommendation service that has apparently developed an algorithm similar to Pandora's Music Genome Project. Their algorithm is cleverly titled The Movie Genome Project.
posted by reenum at 11:29 AM PST - 15 comments

The Milky Way at different wavelengths
Zoom around the Milky Way at different wavelengths with Chromoscope: X-Ray, Visible, Hydrogen α, Far-IR, Microwave, Radio. (You can also download it.)
posted by Korou at 11:13 AM PST - 12 comments

The Fortsas Bibliohoax
In 1840, book collectors from around Europe flocked to the Belgian town of Binche hoping to buy at auction the late Jean Nepomucene Auguste Pichauld, Comte de Fortsas's collection of one-of-a-kind books. Unfortunately for them, neither the man nor his collection ever existed. More recently, librarian and bibliophile Jeremy Dibbell posted the contents of the Fortras Catalogue to LibraryThing with English translation as well as an introduction to the collection. Scans of the original catalogue can be found on Google Books. [more inside]
posted by brundlefly at 11:04 AM PST - 10 comments

Orchids and dandelions
The orchid hypothesis “profoundly recasts the way we think about human [genetic] frailty.”
posted by oinopaponton at 10:38 AM PST - 50 comments

Underground Design
If you're planning a visit to Stockholm, Munich, Bilbao, Shanghai, Dubai, Tokyo, Prague, Moscow, Toronto, and/or Barcelona, don't miss the chance to check out some of these amazing subway stations.
posted by brain_drain at 9:22 AM PST - 57 comments

"Until then, the only music anyone heard was Opera.."
The Year 3000 looks back on the Beatles: A future-documentary on the world-changing impact of the Fab Four. (via)
posted by The Whelk at 9:11 AM PST - 45 comments

Baseball Bromides (Japanese baseball cards)
Besuboru Bromides (Japanese Baseball Cards) from the collection of John Gall, as featured at A Journey Round My Skull. Here is an earlier essay by Gall about Japanese baseball cards.
posted by OmieWise at 9:09 AM PST - 4 comments

Big Investigations from Little ACORNs Grow
ACORN Report Finds No Illegal Conduct : Scott Harshbarger, the former Attorney General of Massachusetts, now of the law firm Proskauer Rose, has recently released an investigative report about accusations that the community organizing group ACORN were caught trying to facilitate prostitution in a sting operation by Young Republicans Hannah Giles and James O'Keefe. The report concludes, "While some of the advice and counsel given by ACORN employees and volunteers was clearly inappropriate and unprofessional, we did not find a pattern of intentional, illegal conduct by ACORN staff." In addition, the report uncovers that Giles and O'Keefe's videos were heavily edited, up to and including substitute voiceovers.
posted by jonp72 at 7:43 AM PST - 157 comments

The Quicksilver in Memory of Eddie Aikau Competition
The Quicksilver in Memory of Eddie Aikau Competition, an invitation-only surfing event held when the ocean is at its fiercest, is poised to start at any moment. In its 25-year history, it has been held only seven times, the last in 2004 – and can be called at a moments notice. This time around, surfers are expecting the biggest wave of their generation. [more inside]
posted by pwally at 7:01 AM PST - 64 comments

At This Museum I Damaged Navid Nuur's Art
Navid Nuur's portion of The Knight's Tour, a multi-artist touring exhibit most recently seen at De Hallen Haarlem, contains a sculpture made of florist's foam and crushed by his hands into a pock-marked wall. The sculpture sits in the open, without barriers, offering a tempting place for museum visitors to leave their fingerprints. I know I can't walk past floral foam without sticking my fingers into it. If a visitor does cross that line, irreparably altering Nurr's art, they have two options: a 200-euro fine, or stand outside the museum with a sandwich board, declaring: At This Museum I Damaged Navid Nuur's Art. I Failed as a Visitor.
posted by AzraelBrown at 5:56 AM PST - 71 comments

Arcangel and the future of digi/net art
Corey Arcangel is perhaps the internet's most infamous hack, masher-upper, digi/net artist. His work stands for a growing culture of artists who run wildly through animated GIF landscapes populated with corrupted data-compressed bunny rabbits and tinny, MIDI renditions of Savage Garden ballads. As the Lisson Gallery, London, opens its archives to Arcangel's curatorial eye, could digi/net art be set to infect the real, fleshy world, like a rampant Conficker Worm? Has YouTube become the truest reflection of our anthropological selves? Are we destined to roam the int3erw£bs like the mythic beasts of yore, hoping, in time, that digi art can free us from the confines of this fleshy void? [...previously]
posted by 0bvious at 5:44 AM PST - 20 comments

Stylin' and Profilin'
The Considered Ensemble is a platform showcasing meticulous outfit choices from individuals around the world. Describe what you're wearing today, and they may post it on the blog. Detailed descriptions give insight into the creativity, coordination, thought and taste (or lack thereof) behind each unique ensemble.
posted by netbros at 5:40 AM PST - 33 comments

Christmas specials, generally
This month the ClassicShowbiz Twitter feed is linking to all kinds of classic Christmas themed TV episodes, including Andy Kaufman, Gumby, Sanford and Son, Welcome Back Kotter, The Jeffersons, Mr. Ed, Fat Albert, Alfred Hitchcock, Twilight Zone, Dragnet, Taxi, Bob Newhart, Happy Days, That Girl, All in the Family, and much more with more to come.
posted by twoleftfeet at 4:51 AM PST - 4 comments

Nude not rude
British comedian Rufus Hound's eloquent, funny, brave and slightly touching defense of naturism on British TV. (Starts at 2:00. Slightly NSFW.)
posted by Geezum Crowe at 4:47 AM PST - 33 comments

Hai Hai!!!
The Hijras of India. Their community, their life and dreams.
posted by hadjiboy at 3:17 AM PST - 8 comments

Who knew you could find such a big fish in the middle of a desert?
During a year-long gambling binge at the Caesars Palace and Rio casinos in 2007, Terrance Watanabe managed to lose nearly $127 million. The run is believed to be one of the biggest losing streaks by an individual in Las Vegas history.
posted by Afroblanco at 1:07 AM PST - 127 comments