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December 12, 2008
Van Halen's "No brown M&Ms" concert rider found.
The stuff of legend, Van Halen's "No brown M&Ms" concert rider (most recently mentioned on MetaFilter here) has made the rounds by word of mouth, and word of internet, for years. Now, the Van Halen 1982 World Tour backstage rider has been found. It consists of 53 typewritten pages and contains the M&Ms prohibition - which actually says M & M's (WARNING: ABSOLUTELY NO BROWN ONES) - as well as other interesting demands, excerpted at The Smoking Gun. Via.
posted by amyms at 11:38 PM PST - 91 comments

The Turn - Fredo Viola
The Turn is the latest creation from multi-media singer/artist Fredo Viola. Using multi-track recordings of his voice in rich harmony, coupled with unusual video vignettes, The Turn [flash] offers a dozen performances of Viola's interesting integration of voice and visual artistry. His first album was just released this week on iTunes and includes works like The Sad Song.
posted by netbros at 9:35 PM PST - 9 comments

Madoff Securities: Quality Executions and Service Through Innovative Technology
Wall Street legend Bernard Madoff arrested over '$50 billion Ponzi scheme'. His company's website has a court announcement on the front page, but you can still find the old promises inside.
posted by 445supermag at 8:50 PM PST - 85 comments

Love, Rockabilly Style
How to best show your love if you're a rockabilly singer in the 50's? First, claim you might cry. Or die. Or commit suicide. If that doesn't work, you can threaten her vaguely, threaten her with a baseball bat, or even threaten her with death. Oh, you're female? Try the gun/sex metaphor (NSFW images) or just go hog wild and claim you'll blow his head off with nitro. Touched on previously. [more inside]
posted by andihazelwood at 8:03 PM PST - 15 comments

Sorry, We’re Booked, White House Tells Obamas
NYT: "The White House has turned down a request from the family of President-elect Barack Obama to move into Blair House in early January so that his daughters can start school on Jan. 5." [more inside]
posted by Quidam at 7:35 PM PST - 83 comments

1987 Minnesota
The events in the movie Fargo didn't really happen in Minnesota in 1987 like the opening text says. But besides the Twins winning the World Series, what did? Well for one, Robbinsdale Cooper's senior class took some rather awful 80's hair pictures, almost deliberately bad. [more inside]
posted by cashman at 6:12 PM PST - 27 comments

The 2000 year old computer
Antikythera mechanism update. Prev: here, and here. includes video.
posted by Substrata at 3:06 PM PST - 28 comments

Magician.
Merlin is a Portuguese Lusitanos bullfighting horse who was bred by Jacques Bonnier. [more inside]
posted by gman at 2:55 PM PST - 15 comments

The grip is cold against your palm. This is your only friend in the world right now. It's gonna be a long night.
MS Paint Adventures.
posted by lunit at 2:45 PM PST - 40 comments

John Gill: Father of modern bouldering
John Gill is the father of modern bouldering. In the early 1960s, he took his gymnastics training in to the field and pioneered the use of chalk and dynamic moves in climbing. In 1961, he climbed the 30 foot height of The Thimble, widely considered to be the first 5.12 ascent in the world, and did so without a rope.

A devotee of body weight exercises, he could perform a one-arm front lever and several one-finger pull-ups. During his time as a gymnast he engaged in competitive rope climbing (formerly an Olympic sport), which is making a bit of a comeback in the Czech Republic (if you think it looks too easy, try it with one arm). [more inside]
posted by 0xFCAF at 2:35 PM PST - 16 comments

Daryl Hall looks like a lion.
I think that we can all agree that the best-selling duo in rock history, Hall & Oates, are pretty freaking awesome. They recorded some of the greatest songs in pop history, including "Rich Girl", "Kiss on My List", "Private Eyes", "I Can't Go for That (No Can Do)", "Maneater", and "You Make My Dreams Come True". They were incredible live. And they participated in the greatest back-alley song-writing duel of 1978. Also Daryl Hall considers himself a modern-day warlock. However, last night the world learned that Hall and Oates's are sad. They are extremely saddened by the upcoming departure of Alan Colmes from his show Hannity and Colmes, and they have chosen to express their sadness through song. [more inside]
posted by ND¢ at 2:09 PM PST - 88 comments

Keeping it indy
Book sales are down. Powells, the largest independant bookseller in the US, is asking staff to scale back hours or take sabbaticals. Will you buy a book from an independent bookstore this Christmas?
posted by Artw at 12:44 PM PST - 196 comments

No 'Unlawful Killing' allowed.
Further to the cover up and the initial claims the jury has reached a verdict in the De Menezes inquest. [more inside]
posted by fistynuts at 12:29 PM PST - 22 comments

Who knew that chess has drug testing
The Great Chess Doping Scandal Grandmaster Vassily Ivanchuk refused to submit a urine sample for a drug test at the Chess Olympiad in Dresden and is now considered guilty of doping. The world of chess is outraged that he could face a two-year ban... [He] has been a grandmaster for the past 20 years and is currently ranked third in the world. [more inside]
posted by caddis at 12:19 PM PST - 36 comments

Five fit, hairless Australian lads learn to surf
Five fit, hairless Australian lads learn to surf. And they’re gay! [more inside]
posted by joeclark at 12:06 PM PST - 47 comments

The first library not to require returning.
"...and as we have an endless abundance of MP3’s (we fucked up and made too many of them), anything you take from the library is yours to keep. You will not be notified if you fail to return something on time, and you will not lose your library privileges if you share selections with friends." In 2003, Conor Oberst (wiki) started the independent record label Team Love (youtube). Offering the latest in the free music revolution, Team Love has established the Team Love Library, offering up all of their albums for free.
posted by Lutoslawski at 11:59 AM PST - 14 comments

Everything you ever hoped or worked for.
A (mostly) complete concert by the Elephant 6 Orchestra is available to stream or download. [more inside]
posted by 1f2frfbf at 10:41 AM PST - 26 comments

"Bailiff, whack his pee-pee!"
Probation officers rejoice! We've talked about the Whizzinator before. Oh, c'mon, you remember? The fake penis that's capable of storing a warm, pre-mixed solution of "clean" urine so as to fool drug testers? Three weeks ago its developers pleaded guilty in federal court to charges of conspiracy to defraud the government and conspiracy to sell drug paraphernalia and are awaiting sentencing. [more inside]
posted by resurrexit at 10:27 AM PST - 66 comments

An uplifting backstory
A homeless man on Queen Street, Toronto cuddling his dog, was photographed by Kirsten Starcher (née Kirsten Bole) and is also the subject of another iconic web photo by Liz Corkery. Kirsten Starcher's photo was even posted inadvisedly on Faildogs.com. After Kirsten Starcher's photo was used by the charity Feeding Pets of the Homeless, it was published in Pet Product News. There it was seen by the man's mother who had thought him dead. [more inside]
posted by Susurration at 10:24 AM PST - 52 comments

So long and thanks for all the flips
Flash Friday: Dolphin Olympics 2! (previously, the original). Leap out of the water and do some twists and flips. String your jumps together and you can pick up speed and altitude, until you leave the Earth behind and go soaring through deep space. Can you reach the Restaurant at the End of the Universe?
posted by PercussivePaul at 10:07 AM PST - 6 comments

Bzzzzzzzzzzzttz
30 Ways to Die of Electrocution. A Flickr set reprinted from 1931 a German book called Electrocution in 132 Pictures. Via.
posted by Astro Zombie at 9:54 AM PST - 46 comments

Gang Violence = Okay when the foe is Mr. Tooth Decay
Ali and His Gang Vs. Mr Tooth Decay [more inside]
posted by lord_wolf at 8:44 AM PST - 26 comments

The Earliest Synthesizer
The Hammond Novachord: Introduced in 1939, it was the world's first subtractive synthesis synthesizer and built with all the cutting edge technology of the time: 169 vacuum tubes, 12 oscillators, 60 frequency dividers, 60 band pass filters, 72 VCA's, and weighing in at 500 pounds. You've likely heard it in dozens of films and TV shows from the 1940's to 1960's. Crazy enough to restore one? If it sounds like this, why not?
posted by Paid In Full at 7:53 AM PST - 19 comments

Straight Out Of Delta City
RoboCop Rap - The whole film, condensed down to ten mins, in rap form. SLYT. NSFW.
posted by fearfulsymmetry at 7:26 AM PST - 49 comments

The Inland Island Fortress
"Schengen means" there will be "no systematic control of the borders anymore". Switzerland officially cracks open its borders to Europe. [more inside]
posted by mannequito at 6:57 AM PST - 40 comments

Manchester says no to congestion charging
Not that this is a surprise, but the planned congestion charging/public transport scheme in Manchester has been rejected. Perhaps those in favor of the charging should have spent less on their web sites; like the no-campaign people did. You know, with more primary colours and exclamation marks. Instead, they should have spent their money on shark costumes. [more inside]
posted by 13twelve at 6:21 AM PST - 37 comments

No overthinking required.
A plate of beans. [more inside]
posted by Daily Alice at 5:29 AM PST - 56 comments

Manoel de Oliveira turns 100
Portuguese director Manoel de Oliveira turned 100 yesterday. Oliveira was born 13 years after the Lumiére brothers shot the first movie ever, and he is still going strong, currently directing "Singularidades de uma Rapariga Loira" ("Idiosyncrasies of a Blonde Girl") and making plans for a project after that. Even if this is the first time you've heard of Manoel de Oliveira, or indeed if you are not a fan of his long, slow style, you have to be amazed at the remarkable condition in which he hits the 3 figures (scroll to 3:23 to see him).
posted by neblina_matinal at 4:28 AM PST - 9 comments