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December 13, 2009
The Wow of Now; Word Jazz with Pictures
About Me: an octogenarian curiosity, the originator of word jazz back in the1950s, in love with the wow of now. Ken Nordine's Youtube channel, featuring mainly abstract visuals accompanying Word Jazz. Examples: Immunological Systems- Truth Mute- C'est La Vie- Fibonacci Numbers
posted by louche mustachio at 11:27 PM PST - 12 comments

Blippy makes your credit card purchases social.
My purchases: Let me show you them.
posted by boo_radley at 10:14 PM PST - 101 comments

The Intelligence Factory
A journalist tries to track down the truth about a recent terror detainee.
posted by smoke at 9:36 PM PST - 18 comments

The Heat is On! No, seriously...
On properly heating your pan.
posted by spiderskull at 8:14 PM PST - 50 comments

The Mystery of Zomia
"In the lawless mountain realms of Asia, a Yale professor finds a case against civilization"
Zomia is a rugged swath of Asia that for 2,000 years has remained culturally aloof from the traditional centers of power and the pull of empires. Its inhabitants, Asia’s “hill people,” have earned a reputation for egalitarianism, insurrection, and independence. Up until the second half of the 20th century, many of the societies there remained nonliterate and supported themselves through trade, smuggling, and Iron-Age practices like slash-and-burn agriculture... In Zomia’s small societies, with their simple technologies, anti-authoritarian tendencies, and oral cultures, Scott sees not a world forgotten by civilization, but one that has been deliberately constructed to keep the state at arm’s length.
posted by andoatnp at 8:10 PM PST - 82 comments

Frédéric Chopin's bicentennial
2010 is the bicentennial of the birth of Frédéric François Chopin - a reluctant instrumental virtuoso, an immortal Romantic composer, and all-around bastard. [more inside]
posted by Joe Beese at 6:48 PM PST - 45 comments

The Night Shift
“I could not understand what was happening,” Mr. Sherpa said. “This man, my partner from my own country, he’s trying to kill me. He was a crazy man, like he didn’t know me. He said nothing — he just kept chopping me.”
posted by william_boot at 5:04 PM PST - 50 comments

Bacon bacon bacon bacon
Republic of Bacon.
posted by sharpener at 4:22 PM PST - 65 comments

Dave, You're Killing Me Dave
Can robots feel human emotions? "Hal, switch to manual hibernation control." "I can tell from your voice harmonics, Dave, that you're badly upset. Why don't you take a stress pill and get some rest?" "I'm sorry, Dave, but in accordance with special subroutine C1435-dash-4, quote, When the crew are dead or incapacitated, the onboard computer must assume control, unquote. I must, therefore, overrule your authority, since you are not in any condition to exercise it intelligently." "Hal," said Bowman, now speaking with an icy calm. "I am not incapacitated. Unless you obey my instructions, I shall be forced to disconnect you. previously
posted by Xurando at 3:19 PM PST - 154 comments

Seduction and Attraction
Exhibit A: "But avoid spilling red wine because you don't want him to remember you for the wrong reasons."
Exhibit B: "So there you have it, men. Feminism: It may just get you a striptease! Happy Valentine's Day!" (via Geameade)
posted by ocherdraco at 3:06 PM PST - 38 comments

I have been overpaid to do what has been pure fun.
Economist Paul Samuelson - a major proponent of Keynesianism in the United States and the second Nobel Laureate in Economics - has died. [more inside]
posted by l33tpolicywonk at 1:44 PM PST - 15 comments

Slowly sticky silicone
Sugru—The best invention since Sellotape? [more inside]
posted by stepheno at 12:41 PM PST - 78 comments

Not a pinup calendar, but a calendar supporting a gay youth
“Help a Brother Out.” Gawker manqué the Awl presents the story of Zack P., a young man who’s out of the closet in Grand Forks, North Dakota. Perhaps needless to say, things aren’t going smoothly for him, particularly after he wrote letters to the editor of the local paper and staged a solo counterprotest of antigay protesters. (Did he lose his housing and job because he was gay? Even if he did, that’s legal in North Dakota.) So: What’s a blog to do in a case like this? Sell a benefit calendar. [more inside]
posted by joeclark at 11:20 AM PST - 23 comments

"Stephanie Nielson: Plane crash survivor regains hope"
Climbing Back: A year with Stephanie Nielson. A two-part feature on the year following the fiery plane crash that almost took her life. [more inside]
posted by ThePinkSuperhero at 10:50 AM PST - 13 comments

The Human Survey
The Human Survey is a photo project by Nathan Jones. [more inside]
posted by blaneyphoto at 10:42 AM PST - 13 comments

A Little Teapot Short and Stout
Living Photograph: Chris with Teacup One minute, one second of your time that you may or may not want back.
posted by cjorgensen at 9:57 AM PST - 36 comments

HeroRATs Clear Landmines
Unexploded landmines still remain a huge problem the world over. What is more, landmine clearance is an expensive business. One man has found a potential solution, however. All hail the HeroRAT.
posted by pashdown at 9:38 AM PST - 22 comments

Who Wants to Be?
Who wants to be? is a democratic game show where the audience pools together prize money, then decides the rules of the game to ultimately decide what to spend the money on. Next week the show travels to the Copenhagen climate forum, and audience members can join remotely.
posted by yaxu at 9:23 AM PST - 2 comments

AT&T Network Better Than You Think
According to an article in yesterday's NY Times, AT&T's network is much better than our conventional wisdom (or Verizon's marketeers) thought. And, that perhaps the issue with iPhones and coverage is really the fault of the iPhone itself, not AT&T's network.
posted by Taken Outtacontext at 9:15 AM PST - 120 comments

Light Painting
The light paintings of Picasso photographed by Life photographer Gjon Mili in 1949 are well known, but the photographs that inspired Picasso (figure skating 1, 2, 3, 4, etc) are not nearly as frequently noted. Mili also traced the movement of a bow of a violin, fencers and a housewife. Examples of light painting that are not a tiring overuse of the technique seem to be few and far between since then. [more inside]
posted by ianbanks at 8:13 AM PST - 8 comments

The Horse of the Invisible
William Hope Hodgson led an almost fictional life. After trying to run away to the sea as a boy, he eventually had careers as a seaman, professional body builder, personal trainer, public lecturer, and an author of weird fiction (much of it available here). He is also remembered for giving Harry Houdini a hard time. He died toward the end of World War I, having volunteered, received a discharge due to injuries, and volunteered again. [more inside]
posted by GenjiandProust at 6:35 AM PST - 7 comments

The Houses of Parliament are built from a mix of asparagus, green beans and runner beans
The recreation of London's skyline using fruits and vegetables is best understood through a "making of" video. (via)
posted by twoleftfeet at 6:13 AM PST - 11 comments