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December 19, 2007
Scoutmaster
Scoutmaster is a blog from a long-time troop leader in which he talks both about practical scouting tools, such as how to make a fire and how to lash a tower together, and about current issues with discrimination in the BSA.
posted by Upton O'Good at 11:10 PM PST - 50 comments

Saturnalia
The War on Saturnalia.
posted by homunculus at 11:06 PM PST - 13 comments

Wanna get ripped off? Buy from these guys!
Brooklyn thrives on ripping off unaware camera buyers. Here's where these guys operate from...
posted by Sukiari at 10:55 PM PST - 32 comments

Touch not my anointed.
Brooklyn Storefront Houses Of Worship. Amateur photos of 100 storefront houses of worship in Brooklyn, NY.
posted by sklero at 9:45 PM PST - 17 comments

The Trophy World Tour
Back in 2005, I (a trophy) was awarded to a team I didn't think deserved me. So I set out across the world in search of owners. Over the course of two years, said trophy visited throughout the US, Canada, Europe, Australia, and New Zealand, including celebrity visits with Phyllis from The Office and Shawn Marion of the NBA's Phoenix Suns. An exercise in dedicated pranksterdom.
posted by andifsohow at 8:23 PM PST - 22 comments

Cool art russian artists found on livejournal
The livejournal group ru_graphic has been showcasing great artists for years, such as soamo, desmonych, floksystar, malli-ly, olliwander, omie-yomie, zuza1, ya-ya, varka, solntsev-gleb, adul and names.
posted by Brandon Blatcher at 6:07 PM PST - 12 comments

"I never expect to see a perfect work from an imperfect man."
Who was Alexander Hamilton? Bastard, immigrant, Federalist, Secretary of the Treasury, speechwriter, philanderer, industrialist, duelist.
posted by anotherpanacea at 4:39 PM PST - 27 comments

Make your own flag!
Michel Gondry on the making of "Declare Independence" (also, YouTube), his seventh collaboration with Björk. It makes their romp with a Paint Piano a couple years ago seem oddly prescient. [more inside]
posted by hermitosis at 4:02 PM PST - 39 comments

The chimp sat on its haunches, making "ook-ook" noises, while Gordon circled, his gloves held high.
Lucius Shepard has a terrible website, but he tells good stories. For example, his friend Gordon once fought with a chimpanzee. (Cecil Adams said such a fight would be unwise.)
posted by cgc373 at 2:55 PM PST - 28 comments

Best Buy Bodhisattva
Best Buy Bodhisattva. [more inside]
posted by chunking express at 2:23 PM PST - 74 comments

limits
The dangers of living in a zero-sum world economy - naked capitalism reprints (with added commentary) an FT article by Martin Wolf on why it's vital for (civilised) society to sustain a 'positive-sum' world, otherwise: "A zero-sum economy leads, inevitably, to repression at home and plunder abroad." Wolf's solution? "The condition for success is successful investment in human ingenuity." Of course! Some are calling for more socialism, while others would press on to build more megaprojects. For me, at least part of the solution lies in environmental accounting and natural capitalism :P
posted by kliuless at 2:09 PM PST - 42 comments

40 Blogs a seguir en 2008
40 Blogs in Spanish Recommended for 2008 by the authors of Minoic blog ring
posted by jlori at 1:57 PM PST - 7 comments

Wow, isn't that... doing...? Wait.
Alison Jackson takes paparazzi shots of celebrity lookalikes. (NSFW) [more inside]
posted by goodnewsfortheinsane at 1:44 PM PST - 10 comments

World Orgasm Day
December 22 is World Orgasm Day. "WHY? To effect positive change in the energy field of the Earth through input of the largest possible instantaneous surge of human biological, mental and spiritual energy."
posted by Steven C. Den Beste at 1:18 PM PST - 59 comments

Impress your dolphin girlfriend
And here I am kicking my own legs like a sucker. From DEKA Research the folks that made the Segway and DARPA the little defense department that could (bomb you) comes Power Swim which uses an oscillating foil to develop vortices that...uh, it makes you go faster in the water. Some pictures, here. [more inside]
posted by Smedleyman at 11:54 AM PST - 27 comments

Does anybody remember she loves you?
I Wanna Hold Your Stairway The Beatnix perform Stairway to Heaven... as the Beatles might have done it. Probably not much different than the Rutles might have done it.
posted by psmealey at 11:40 AM PST - 44 comments

To no one will we sell, to none will we deny or delay, right or justice.
Ross Perot auctions Magna Carta. Winner: The Carlyle Group [more inside]
posted by butterstick at 11:36 AM PST - 60 comments

2-plankers beware
Enjoy snowboarding but upset over restrictions at certain premier ski areas? Burton Snowboards [embedded sound warning] has a favor to ask...
posted by docpops at 11:33 AM PST - 32 comments

Rockin' the Paradise
The Paradise Theater opened on Chicago's West Side on September 14, 1928, and was billed as the world's most beautiful theater for its stunning interior and exterior beauty. [more inside]
posted by kirkaracha at 10:47 AM PST - 19 comments

math for dummies
Calculations and conversions made simple.
posted by Viomeda at 10:44 AM PST - 33 comments

Pepsi BlueCross BlueShield
The Prepaid Healthcare Visa® Gift Card, for that special someone without insurance on your holiday list. Rejoice! Terry Gilliam's dystopian future is now! [via]
posted by blendor at 8:15 AM PST - 146 comments

There's definitely a method to my madness. Definitely.
Lightning calculator and "mathemagician" Art Benjamin goes through his paces in a 15 minute video.
posted by Wolfdog at 7:37 AM PST - 32 comments

beautiful old illustrations
Packed full of galleries of beautiful illustrations by Maxfield Parrish, Aubrey Beardsley, William Morris, Gustave Doré, Arthur Rackham and others with prints one can buy of any illustration, Artsy Craftsy includes a sumptuous collection of Victorian Fairies illustrations. The site also has the illustrated Fairy Tales of Oscar Wilde, illustrations of cats in fairy tales, Magic Cats, and a selection of beautiful free ecards as well. [more inside]
posted by nickyskye at 7:27 AM PST - 17 comments

Nellis AFB Air Show.
Wednesday morning plane pr0n.
posted by saladin at 7:16 AM PST - 46 comments

Wikipedia: COO wanted
It was revealed last week that former Wikipedia Chief Operating Officer Carolyn Doran was a convicted felon, her prior record includes four convictions for driving under the influence, two of check fraud and petty larceny, one hit and run with fatality, one unlawful wounding for shooting a former boyfriend, suspect in a murder case, and some suspicion surrounding the drowning death of her newlywed husband. Senior Wikipedians are "shocked", and the waves are still reverberating as apparently something totally secret and big is going down at the Foundation (that runs Wikipedia) that may radically alter the board for better or worse.
posted by stbalbach at 6:55 AM PST - 104 comments

A Tsar Is Born
A Tsar Is Born. For his "extraordinary feat of leadership in taking a country that was in chaos and bringing it stability," Time has announced Vladimir Putin as Person of the Year. Al Gore and J.K. Rowling are runners-up.
posted by XQUZYPHYR at 6:23 AM PST - 70 comments

Post the past
Gutenberg-e now offers open access to Columbia University Press history ebooks. "These award winning monographs, coordinated with the American Historical Association, afford emerging scholars new possibilities for online publications, weaving traditional narrative with digitized primary sources, including maps, photographs, and oral histories." Found via a link to How Taiwan Became Chinese, one of the books available.
posted by Abiezer at 5:40 AM PST - 8 comments

glass art
Andy Paiko's Glass Sculpture
posted by dhruva at 1:30 AM PST - 17 comments

101 Simple Appetizers in 20 minutes or less
The Minimalist: 101 Simple Appetizers in 20 minutes or less NYT. Registration etc.
posted by lalochezia at 1:01 AM PST - 23 comments