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December 28, 2007
Ballistic Jaw Propulsion of Trap-Jaw Ants
The trap-jaw ant, best known for its powerful jaws which hold the land speed record for movement at 145 miles per hour, is brilliantly captured in a short film shot at 100,000 frames per second. [more inside]
posted by dhammond at 9:57 PM PST - 70 comments

"it gives so many talented people a chance to express themselves and makes it so much easier for the government to know who to arrest first in case of a national emergency."
Jon Swift asked everyone on his blogroll to pick what they considered their best post of 07-- ...There are posts on politics by liberals, conservatives and moderates, posts on movies, music, television, books, economics, health care, science, sports, religion and history, personal stories and slices of life, poetry, prose, pictures and video. Some are very funny, some are quite serious, some will make you angry and some will make you say "Huh?" ...
posted by amberglow at 9:20 PM PST - 12 comments

Zach Braff Quotes
Forget Chuck Norris facts, the next big thing is Zach Braff quotes.
posted by KingoftheWhales at 9:17 PM PST - 66 comments

Guðleifsdóttir, Photography, Flickr, censorship and happy end (?)
Guðleifsdóttir (can you pronounce this?) is a young photographer from island and she puts her pics on flickr [more inside]
posted by yoyo_nyc at 8:59 PM PST - 58 comments

The Rat Patrol
The Los Angeles Police Department are enlisting feral cats for rat patrol at police stations that are experiencing rodent problems. These hardworking kitties -- part of the Working Cats Program -- are doing a stellar job keeping the rat population in check.
posted by porn in the woods at 7:41 PM PST - 15 comments

No Reason To Get Excited
Written in 1967 by Bob Dylan, it was originally quiet, lowkey... and vaguely menacing. But when Jimi Hendrix redefined it the following year, even Dylan knew that the song had changed forever.

Since then, it's been covered (over and over again), praised almost as often, analyzed, referenced, and, of course, found to be encoded in the minds of Cylons.

Originally released 40 years ago, erm, yesterday: All Along the Watchtower.
posted by John Kenneth Fisher at 7:16 PM PST - 41 comments

"Extracting Beauty From Chaos"
Skhoinarion uses his own custom software to make mathematical art, ranging from the architectural to the strikingly natural. His animations feature digital and digitally-manipulated analog content and are also quite remarkable.
posted by retronic at 3:03 PM PST - 8 comments

Death of a Browser, End of an Era
RIP Netscape browser, 1994-2007. AOL, who acquired the groundbreaking browser as part of a $4.2 billion deal in 1998, announced the end today. Good-bye or good riddance?
posted by Chinese Jet Pilot at 2:47 PM PST - 99 comments

We regret the following:
Once again, The Year in Media Errors and Corrections. [more inside]
posted by gingerbeer at 2:45 PM PST - 15 comments

Contemporary Tibetan Art
Waves on the Turquoise Lake: Contemporary Expressions of Tibetan Art.
posted by homunculus at 1:38 PM PST - 5 comments

2007: The Movie(s)
Indiewire put out their second annual film critic's poll recently. There Will Be Blood tops the list, with Zodiac, No Country for Old Men, Syndromes and a Century, and 4 Months, 3 Weeks and 2 Days following behind. [more inside]
posted by Weebot at 1:38 PM PST - 40 comments

The 50 Most Loathsome People in America, 2007
50 Most Loathsome People in America, 2007. [previously - 2004, 2005, 2006].
posted by ericb at 1:08 PM PST - 109 comments

Road Trippin'
"Road Trip is a short film composed of 12,397 pictures taken automatically from the back seat of a car while driving accross [sic] America from Portland, Oregon to New Hampshire."
posted by dersins at 12:03 PM PST - 34 comments

Friday Flash: Areas
After playing Areas, I now feel the world needs more no-click ambient shmups. [via] [more inside]
posted by Plutor at 11:33 AM PST - 29 comments

Hello Kitty is coming for your menfolk
MeFi is no stranger to Hello Kitty. Whether you are a fan or not (previously), her feline popularity, especially among young women, is undeniable. "But what about the guys?" you ask. Unless you were a Thai police officer, Puroland groom, or bought the existing merchandise, there just wasn't anything made especially for you. Sanrio heard the call, and Hello Kitty merchandise designed especially for men is coming soon.
posted by cmgonzalez at 10:53 AM PST - 39 comments

Lilly the explorer
Lilly - The world. Incredibly cute and quite amazing.
posted by Afreemind2007 at 10:01 AM PST - 50 comments

the tighty whiteys are funny
"Zuda takes the Web publishing aspect out of the creators' hands, freeing them up to focus on writing and drawing the story. But to get Zuda to publish your comic, you first have to win a competition..." A major player enters into the fray of web comics publishing, previously populated mostly by independents. Is this a good thing or a bad thing? [more inside]
posted by ZachsMind at 9:12 AM PST - 47 comments

Disco Polo
World getting you down ? then why not cheer yourslef up by watching some videos By B O Y S - perhaps the greatest Disco Polo band in the world. [more inside]
posted by sgt.serenity at 8:14 AM PST - 23 comments

Literacy and voting patterns
Library usage, newspaper circulation, and educational attainment are primary factors used by researchers to determine the 'most literate cities.' Minneapolis has regained top honors from Seattle, though both cities have ranked at the top since the original study in 2003. Other studies here and here show minor shifts in the intervening years. Most relevant now is that there seems to be a correlation between literacy and voting patterns. [more inside]
posted by Rain Man at 7:22 AM PST - 42 comments

Now my advice for those who die, declare the pennies on your eyes.
Tax Info for Musicians. Musicians and taxes don’t seem to mix very well. Taxes and administrating the business of music are often last on the list of concerns for the working musician. The above link gives some helpful tips on what to look for and some simple dos and don'ts. Also, here's some information on the often confusing Section 179 Deduction and a list of common deductible business expenses
posted by psmealey at 5:24 AM PST - 19 comments

Hollywood and hotels
Francis Ford Copolla owns the Blancaneaux Lodge, Clint Eastwood owns the 22-acre The Mission Ranch, John Malkovich owns The Big Sleep Hotel, Liz Hurley owns Number 11. What is it with movie people and hotels? And where are the arthouse establishments?
posted by MrMerlot at 3:35 AM PST - 31 comments

Red Ball, Yellow Ball
Shuffle. Pool without pockets, simple but addictive
posted by fearfulsymmetry at 2:32 AM PST - 32 comments

Are you sleeping? Well, are you?
Frère Jacques! Frère Jacques! [more inside]
posted by oxford blue at 2:03 AM PST - 13 comments

External Delivery the Future
Parentists, the dogmatic believers that parents alone are the source of Christmas presents, may have new reason to believe, with the scientific approach of External Delivery. Of course, some skeptics have opined that External Delivery is just Santa Clausism with a pseudoscientific veneer. Other commentators are more forgiving, and point out the great strides that ED has made in the study of Yuleogy.
posted by CrunchyFrog at 12:34 AM PST - 29 comments