July 9

Watermelons, watermelons, and more watermelons!

How to choose a watermelon? Do you go by shape, colour, or spotting? Thump or not? Red or yellow? Seeded or seedless? Square? Grilled? Champion watermelons. App for your iPhone? Are you still confused, watch this instructional video?
posted by Fizz at 5:46 AM - 62 comments

Calm, cool, dignified = Comic Sans?

As the City of Cleveland reacts badly to the end result of a long, drawn out process, Cavaliers owner Dan Gilbert takes matters into his own hands, flipping out on the his team's website, penning his screed in everyone's favorite font. [more inside]
posted by Ghidorah at 12:44 AM - 189 comments

July 8

World's Largest Skateboard Disaster

World's Largest Skateboard Disaster [more inside]
posted by Burhanistan at 10:29 PM - 42 comments

It makes it like God doesn't exist!

GodBlock is a web filter that blocks religious content. It is targeted at parents and schools who wish to protect their kids from the often violent, sexual, and psychologically harmful material in many holy texts, and from being indoctrinated into any religion before they are of the age to make such decisions. When installed properly, GodBlock will test each page that your child visits before it is loaded, looking for passages from holy texts, names of religious figures, and other signs of religious propaganda. If none are found, then your child is allowed to browse freely.
posted by Obscure Reference at 8:25 PM - 128 comments

Closer to a Cure?

A summary of two papers on newly-discovered antibodies that can neutralize 91% of HIV strains: "Structural Basis for Broad and Potent Neutralization of HIV-1 by Antibody VRC01" and "Rational Design of Envelope Identifies Broadly Neutralizing Human Monoclonal Antibodies to HIV-1"
posted by anotherpanacea at 6:49 PM - 29 comments

Alfa Romeo and Juliet

A short story of traffic tickets, goldfish, and love starring David Tennant and Sophie Hunter
posted by Salvor Hardin at 6:24 PM - 11 comments

"... for interviewers are courteous and gentle-mannered, even when they come to destroy."

"The Interview was not a happy invention.... In the first place, the interviewer is the reverse of an inspiration, because you are afraid of him." An epic rant by Mark Twain, published for the first time this week. [more inside]
posted by ardgedee at 5:09 PM - 31 comments

Metal Couture

Metal Couture design by Manuel Albarran. Some of his latest works are fantastic (also NSFW). [Via] [more inside]
posted by homunculus at 4:29 PM - 11 comments

Bookless in Stanford

Stanford's library was running out of space for printed books and journals, so they've built a new space ... with even less room for printed titles and issues. It's hastening the move to a digital library. NPR reports.
posted by anothermug at 4:14 PM - 75 comments

Pauline Kael

CityLights interview with Pauline Kael -- 1::2::3::4 (approx. 40 mins, NSI, 1982) Topics include Cecil B. Demille, Robert Preston, John Boorman’s Zardoz, Sean Connery, Roger Moore, James Bond films, and Lorenzo Semple Jr. More interviews from the National Screen Institute and Brian Linehan here, including John Candy, Eugene Levy, Christopher Plummer, and Ian McKellen
posted by puny human at 4:00 PM - 13 comments

DOMA unconstitutional

The federal Defense of Marriage Act has been ruled unconstitutional by Judge Joseph Tauro of the District Court of Massachusetts.
posted by fireoyster at 3:29 PM - 149 comments

Sincerity, in Youtube form!

Now! 75 Chart Medley. Brett Domino (wikipedia, official site) and Steven Peavis perform a medley of hits from 2010, using: soft drink cans, iPod Touch (using DigiDrummer app), Accordion, Roland E-36 Keyboard, Korg Digital Piano, Stylophone Beatbox, Theremin, Ukulele, Egg Shaker, Roland AX-Synth Keytar, Recorders, Glockenspiel, Kazoos, and Stylophones (previously). Via the excellent and hilarious Graham Clark of Stop Podcasting Yourself. [more inside]
posted by rossination at 3:00 PM - 10 comments

You have 25 minutes to save Moonbase Alpha

Year: 2025. Mission: Save Moonbase Alpha after critical systems were damaged by a meteor strike. A free Steam-powered 3D-immersive game from NASA. Windows only.
posted by jjray at 2:42 PM - 44 comments

We are amused

Yesterday, the Spanish national football squad won its first World Cup semifinal. A distinguished supporter insisted on personally congratulating them in the locker room. (SLYT, but priceless. Watch in particular the hero of the match enter the frame around 1:16).
posted by Skeptic at 1:45 PM - 83 comments

Neoconservation: Conservation Easements

Today Minnesota finalizes a $44 million deal to conserve approximately 188,000 acres of forest, wetlands, and shoreline through what is known as a conservation easement. In addition to private funds from entities such as the Blandin Foundation, the easement is being paid for through the Clean Water, Land and Legacy Amendment to Minneosta's state constitution, which just over a year ago created permanent funding for natural resource, arts, and cultural projects through a 0.375% state sales tax. UPM-Blandin Paper Co., will continue to own the land and be allowed to harvest wood, but the land cannot be developed or subdivided and the public must have access to the land. [more inside]
posted by Muddler at 12:09 PM - 31 comments

Olive Oil in the U.S. - A Smeared Reputation

A lack of federal rules has made the nation the dumping ground for cheap, adulterated and even dangerous oils. With many consumers in the U.S. becoming ill after consuming "olive oil", the USDA is finally moving to create standards defining what is "virgin olive oil". These are supposed to come out in the fall. Except 'the new rules are voluntary — not mandatory — so the prospect of more slick shenanigans continues'. Meanwhile, the FDA 'which oversees most food-label accuracy issues, said the agency does not regularly test olive oils for adulteration, and that it relies on tips about problems from the public, trade groups and others'. [more inside]
posted by VikingSword at 9:55 AM - 74 comments

David Johnston: Canada's next Governer General

Canada's next Governor-General will be David Johnston, currently President of the University of Waterloo in Ontario, a tech-oriented school. Johnston is a legal scholar specializing in securities regulation, corporation law, public policy, and IT law. Here's his CV [pdf]. Why Johnston, instead of a journalist or public figure as has been the trend? For one, a legal scholar will be better able to navigate potential constitutional issues during minority governments. Johnston has pledged to be "a stalwart defender of our Canadian heritage, of Canadian institutions, and of the Canadian people".
posted by PercussivePaul at 9:36 AM - 65 comments

Larry Rivers' Archives

When "Proto-Pop" artist Larry Rivers' died in 2002, he left behind extensive archives of his letters, paperwork, photographs and film documenting the New York artistic and literary scene from the 1940s through the 1980s. They chronicle his friendships and relationships with dozens of artists, musicians and writers, from Willem de Kooning and Andy Warhol to Frank O’Hara. Also included: films and videos of his two adolescent daughters, naked or topless, being interviewed by their father about their developing breasts. Now, one daughter, who says she was pressured to participate beginning when she was 11, is demanding that material be removed from the archive and returned to her and her sister. [more inside]
posted by zarq at 8:04 AM - 74 comments

"I Was Just So Overwhelmed by Its Sheer Immensity ... I Had to Pop Myself a Beer."

Greetings from the Twine Ball, wish you were here: "But you can't see out of the side of the car, because the windows are completely covered with the decals of all the places where we've already been: there's Elvis-O-Rama, the Tupperware Museum, the Boll Weevil Monument, and Cranberry World, the Shuffleboard Hall Of Fame, Poodle Dog Rock, and the Mecca of Albino Squirrels. We've been to ghost towns, theme parks, wax museums, and a place where you can drive through the middle of a tree ... " [more inside]
posted by WCityMike at 7:30 AM - 41 comments

the compact marble machine man

Denha is a synthesizer enthusiast who also builds very small and fairly complex marble runs out of brass wire, carved wood, and 9/32" ball bearings. [more inside]
posted by luvcraft at 7:27 AM - 25 comments

(and presumably he has a locker)

David Jones is living with 40 deadly venomous snakes for 121 days.
posted by shakespeherian at 6:55 AM - 66 comments

Unesayvtli, Usdi. Yust dohi yust gusdi?

Swedish-Cherokee artist America Meredith shows you how to be a Cherokee beatnik (or just talk like one). [more inside]
posted by JoanArkham at 6:38 AM - 5 comments

We were promised jetpacks. (Not the band.)

What are the things that will help create more Nimble Cities? (This post is heavy with slate-related links.) Slate asks readers to help make transportation in and between cities more efficient, safe, and pleasant. "While we're certainly not opposed to your most forward-looking proposals: Let's fire up Chicago's once sprawling pneumatic tube network; let's not let those zeppelin masts go to waste!--what we're most interested in are things in the here and now, things that are already making (or will soon be making) a difference in your city." Should cities install moving sidewalks? How about eliminating parking spaces or bicycle highways? [more inside]
posted by Fizz at 5:08 AM - 81 comments

The greatest thing since...

July 6 (or maybe July 7) marked the 130th anniversary of the birth of Otto Frederick Rohwedder, the inventor of sliced bread. [more inside]
posted by twoleftfeet at 5:04 AM - 37 comments

Swing, swing, Spidey!

It seems cosmically appropriate that the Spider-man theme song (as recorded by Michael Bublé) should be used by swing dancers as well as solo performers. Here's a live rendition by the Russian group Mad Swing in Vladivostok, and (just for something different) here's a chronicle of Spider-Man's adventures set to Swing Swing by the eponysterical All-American Rejects. Previously and previouslier.
posted by Joe in Australia at 3:27 AM - 15 comments

He's mean... He's really mean.

Shatner stole my bicycle (SLYT)
posted by fearfulsymmetry at 2:57 AM - 23 comments

July 7

Burger Flippin' Blues?

He's no Trent Reznor or Radiohead, but Volker Kahl is pushing from the bottom of the sales charts, making his post-Beefcake work (under the nom-de-sampler Kattoo) available online. [more inside]
posted by ChrisR at 9:23 PM - 53 comments

Oakland: Riot Worries, Out-of-Town Agitators, and Sonic Cannons

Oakland, California, is bracing for a possible repeat of the 2009 riot [previously] once a verdict in the trial of former BART cop Johannes Mehserle for the 2009 shooting of Oscar Grant [previously] comes in. [more inside]
posted by Pirate-Bartender-Zombie-Monkey at 8:58 PM - 316 comments

Roswell still captures the imagination.

63 years ago little green men landed in the desert, or did they? I've lived in New Mexico for large parts of my life, and if there is anywhere aliens would land, it probably would be there. If they didn't land there afterall, maybe they will soon with the installation of the new spaceport.
posted by ziadbc at 8:42 PM - 40 comments

A nonconformist note taking application

Meet the Mac note taking app Notational Velocity: An attempt to loosen the mental blockages to recording information and to scrape away the tartar of convention that handicaps its retrieval. [more inside]
posted by The Devil Tesla at 6:37 PM - 53 comments

Life Moves Fast . . .

Conway's Game of Life in HTML5/Canvas. That is all. [more inside]
posted by chaff at 6:34 PM - 30 comments

Thanks for the music, Mr. Starkey

One of the most rhythmically solid, tastefully understated and (all too often) criminally underrated drummers in the history of rock music turned 70 today, and you'll forgive me if I couldn't let the day pass without a nod in his direction. You've probably heard of him. [more inside]
posted by flapjax at midnite at 5:49 PM - 98 comments

CNN's Chief Middle East correspondent fired for a tweet

Octavia Nasr Canned at CNN. CNN's Chief Middle East correspondent for 20 years, Octavia Nasr tweeted “Sad to hear of the passing of Sayyed Mohammed Hussein Fadlallah... One of Hezbollah’s giants I respect a lot.” She was fired by CNN shortly afterward because they believed "her credibility in her position as senior editor for Middle Eastern affairs has been compromised going forward".
posted by falameufilho at 3:46 PM - 130 comments

Multiuser Sketchpad

Multiuser Sketchpad is a collaborative drawing tool, created in Javascript by Mr. Doob (Previously).
posted by gwint at 2:04 PM - 48 comments

What to Do About Suburbs?

As suburbs become home to more poor people, immigrants, minorities, senior citizens and households with no children and we face what may be the end of suburbia, planners are wondering what do we do with suburbs? [more inside]
posted by lunit at 1:15 PM - 127 comments

'I know I can't bring my family here'

The Toronto Star looks into the shambles that Canada's guest worker program finds itself in. [more inside]
posted by reenum at 12:26 PM - 36 comments

Bail bond niche marketing

In jail? Post bail. No matter your crime, interest, or affiliation, there's a bail bond agent for you. Suspect in Snow White's demise? Grumpy's (video auto-starts); Mob? No prob. Goodfellas, Godfather's? Godfather's! [more inside]
posted by zippy at 11:11 AM - 46 comments

No Laughing Matter

Hippie Crack -- The Village Voice profiles the "Nitrous Oxide Mafia" that follows the jam band circuit selling balloons in parking lots.
posted by empath at 11:04 AM - 158 comments

Death wears bunny slippers

As the internet works to decode the US Cyber Command logo, it is worth pondering the bizarre world of military patches and logos. The most awesomely bad has been selected by popular vote, but there is a serious reason behind that flippant patch. Then there are the strange and nerdy patches of classified projects [prev.] NASA has its own strange and awesome mission patches, but, as Space Review discovered, there are also secret patches for classified missions which give clues to their purpose. And then there was the military logo that was so outlandishly ominous it helped lead to the project's shutdown.
posted by blahblahblah at 10:55 AM - 54 comments

Aktiv Grotesk

Bruno Maag hates Helvetcia so much he created a new font.
posted by Artw at 10:54 AM - 84 comments

Holy Toledo ...Torches!

U.S. Patent 1732708 "...relates to street torches, such as are commonly used for illuminating road obstructions." Starting in 1929, The Toledo Pressed Steel Co. manufactured millions of small, round kerosene-burning torches (sometimes called smudge pots) that look like cartoon bombs. [more inside]
posted by usonian at 10:22 AM - 14 comments

I have no idea how Super Mario Bros. got projected amongst the graffiti on this wall, or why.

Super Mario Bros. walkthrough. [Seven-minute Vimeo link] [more inside]
posted by cgc373 at 10:19 AM - 38 comments

"There is Socialism in him. I can FEEL it."

Ayn Rand's Adventures in Wonderland. Parts two, three, four. By Benjamin Frisch.
posted by hermitosis at 9:29 AM - 47 comments

WOOF! Woof... woof... woo... woo boy

The dog days of summer are here. [more inside]
posted by codacorolla at 9:06 AM - 89 comments

If the Earth Stood Still

What would happen if the earth stopped spinning? ArcGIS was used to perform complex raster analysis and volumetric computations and generate maps that visualize these results.
posted by gman at 9:06 AM - 51 comments

There Goes the Neighborhood

Science Blogs is a confederation of, as it says on the tin, blogs about science. They host such sites as Pharyngula, Good Math, Bad Math, and The Primate Diaries, among many others. Now they host Food Frontiers, a blog about nutrition -- written by PepsiCo. Many folks there are not happy. Overreaction to a single site with, at the moment, only one actual post? Or legitimate concern over scientific ethics? Why not have a refreshing ice-cold beverage while you ponder it?
posted by Legomancer at 8:19 AM - 43 comments

Man, they said we better accentuate the positive... eliminate the negative... latch on to the affirmative....

Microsoft introduces "an amazingly obvious tweak to battery tech that should save us some headaches, as well as several trillion hours of head-scratching and peering into dark holes." The innovation, called "Instaload" is a simple, low-tech battery contact design that allows cylindrical batteries (disposable and rechargeable) to be inserted in either direction, so users don't have to worry about which end is positive or negative. How? It puts a set of positive and negative contacts at both ends of a battery compartment. (From Microsoft: Press Release / Overview / Technology Brochure (pdf)) [more inside]
posted by zarq at 7:56 AM - 113 comments

How to Make an American Job Before It's Too Late

How to Make an American Job Before It's Too Late. Andy Grove, from Intel, writes about America's lost manufacturing sector. [more inside]
posted by chunking express at 7:28 AM - 74 comments

Damn That Lemonade Stand!

"His fiancee smiled and commented, 'Isn't that cute. They have the spirit of giving.' That really set me off, as my regular readers can imagine. 'No!' I exclaimed [...] 'They're giving away their parents' things [...] It's not theirs to give.' I pushed the button to roll down the window and stuck my head out to set them straight. 'You must charge something for the lemonade.'"
posted by WCityMike at 7:19 AM - 124 comments

Murders in Mexico

Statistical Analysis and Visualization of the Drug War in Mexico
posted by daksya at 4:07 AM - 22 comments

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