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December 31, 2009
D'ohfenestration
Joseph Cavalieri is a stained glass artist. Among his works are illustrations of The Gormenghast novels, several panels based on physical culture ads of the 1950s, and a series depicting scenes from "The Missing Episode" of The Simpsons, such as The Countryman and the Serpent, The Death in the Playground, and Funeral for a Friend. via nag on the lake.
posted by Rumple at 11:22 PM PST - 10 comments

Public Domain Day 2010
Public Domain Day 2010. This is the day when a year’s worth of copyrights expire in many countries around the world.Year of death + 70: (disclaimer) But in some other countries, it is a bittersweet day. The United States, Australia, Russia, and Mexico are in the midst of public domain freezes.
posted by stbalbach at 9:32 PM PST - 40 comments

i hear so much complaining about this subject, i just wanted to lay my practical experience on you. free.
How To Make A Living Playing Music. Unicyclist and alt rocker banjo playerDanny Barnes lays down his thoughts about making it while making music. There's a lot to read in his piece, much of which may apply to you even if you're not a musician. via @colinmeloy. Hi, Colin!
posted by boo_radley at 7:39 PM PST - 42 comments

All the world will be your enemy, Prince of a Thousand enemies. And when they catch you, they will kill you.
This past Tuesday, China executed Briton Akmal Shaikh for heroin smuggling, the first foreigner to be executed in China since Italian Antonio Riva was put to death in 1951. Shaikh's family, British Prime Minister Gordon Brown, and U.N. officials all had asked for clemency based on the fact the 53-year old, father-of-three Shaikh was a mentally ill person who believed he was a pop star on a mission for world peace and had been duped into being an unwitting drug mule. Nonetheless, regardless of international outcry, Shaikh was put to death. The outcry continues. A music video has been created for Shaikh's music single, Come Little Rabbit.
posted by humannaire at 4:49 PM PST - 65 comments

Uptime/Downtime
The Kleptones, mashup artists behind previously-posted albums such as A Night At The Hip-Hopera and 24 Hours, have just released their newest entitled Uptime/Downtime. In a word, it rocks.
posted by flatluigi at 4:48 PM PST - 28 comments

Justice is a first-person-shooter game.
Blackwater was cleared of guilt for the alleged unprovoked 2007 shootout which killed 17 Iraqis... for use of improper evidence in the case. [more inside]
posted by Liquidwolf at 2:53 PM PST - 123 comments

The watches of Philippe Dufour
PHILIPPE DUFOUR - Horlogerie compliquée
posted by Joe Beese at 11:49 AM PST - 14 comments

Well, yes, didn't we all?
I Used To Be Younger (single link tumblr post)
posted by Caduceus at 11:32 AM PST - 40 comments

Wanted, wanted: Dolores Haze
Dolores Haze . Charlotte Goodall . Diana Pines . Linda Knievel . Sylvia Boran
posted by xod at 10:01 AM PST - 19 comments

Greenscreen Grandmas
Ladies and gentlemen, Greenscreen Grandmas (SLYT) [more inside]
posted by cloeburner at 9:47 AM PST - 24 comments

What Israel can teach us about (airport) security
What Israel can teach us about (airport) security. At Ben Gurion Airport in Tel Aviv, it’s all about eye contact. Expert: “[T]hey’re not looking for liquids, they’re not looking at your shoes. They’re not looking for everything they look for in North America. They just look at you... Even today with the heightened security in North America, they will check your items to death. But they will never look at you, at how you behave. They will never look into your eyes... and that’s how you figure out the bad guys from the good guys.” Oh, and get this: “The goal at Ben Gurion is to move fliers from the parking lot to the airport lounge in 25 minutes tops.”
posted by joeclark at 9:46 AM PST - 188 comments

Music from Australia and New Zealand
Ryan Strathfield has uploaded hundreds of rock and pop songs from Australia and New Zealand to YouTube, organized by year (full list inside). Here are some favorites, Marcia Hines' Eleanor Rigby, The Boys Next Door's Shivers, The Falling Joys' You're in a Mess, Split Enz' I See Red and Warumpi Band's Blackfella Whitefella. Strathfield focuses on the period 1974-89 but it extends back into the 60s and forward into the 90s. [more inside]
posted by Kattullus at 8:47 AM PST - 22 comments

Crash: Worst Movie of the Decade?
Sara Libby started it. A blogger for True/Slant, she wrote a column detailing why she thought Crash was the worst film of the decade. GD at PostBourgie agreed and added his own two cents. That got Ta-Nehisi Coates intrigued, who in turn wrote a post about Crash being a horrible movie and threatening to ban posters who liked it. His colleague at the Atlantic, Jeffrey Goldberg, piles on as well. The Chicago Sun-Times notices this blossoming meme and writes a recap.
posted by billysumday at 8:42 AM PST - 191 comments

Obama Told Me I Was Doing The Right Thing
A medical marijuana provider in California is mounting a novel defense after his marijuana farm was raided by Federal agents. [more inside]
posted by reenum at 7:59 AM PST - 69 comments

Because we're all special snowflakes
The US Census has a blog - Robert M. Groves, director of the U.S. Census Bureau is writing about the changes, challenges and stories of the 2010 Census as the US gears up for it's decennial tally of "we the people." [more inside]
posted by DarlingBri at 6:45 AM PST - 22 comments

The answer to XKCD is Dilbert
XKCD random number generator explained on StackOverflow
posted by srboisvert at 5:39 AM PST - 89 comments

These logic puzzles are like, full of color, man.
End of the decade flash fun: Picma Picture Enigmas.
posted by Terminal Verbosity at 4:30 AM PST - 4 comments

If Potter gets a hold of this building and loan, there will never be another decent house built in this town.
Frank Capra meets Collateralized Debt Obligations:
The idea is simple: If enough people who have money in one of the big four banks move it into smaller, more local, more traditional community banks, then collectively we, the people, will have taken a big step toward re-rigging the financial system so it becomes again the productive, stable engine for growth it's meant to be. It's neither Left nor Right -- it's populism at its best.
Move your money.
posted by Anything at 2:41 AM PST - 70 comments