April 29

Copenhagen Wheel

The Copenhagen Wheel project transforms ordinary bicycles into hybrid electric bikes that also function as mobile environmental sensing units. [via digital urban] [more inside]
posted by gruchall at 5:09 PM - 15 comments

Blast Off! Up to the stars we go!

Songs From the Black Hole is a sci-fi rock opera written by weezer frontman Rivers Cuomo and originally intended to be the followup to their self-titled debut. Never officially released, the album has become known as a one of rock's "mythical lost masterpieces," akin to the Beach Boys' SMiLE. [more inside]
posted by ludwig_van at 4:19 PM - 26 comments

R for the Rest of Us

R is powerful, but tricky. RKWard is an UI that make R user friendly or, at least, make it more similar to SPSS or Stata. Screenshots!
posted by - at 4:07 PM - 25 comments

Hire illegals, lose your property.

If you hire illegal aliens at your business, the federal government can seize your property. In a rare move, the U.S. government is seeking to confiscate the property of an iconic San Diego restaurant that allegedly had a practice of knowingly hiring illegal aliens.
posted by Kraftmatic Adjustable Cheese at 2:27 PM - 115 comments

Can a person disappear in surveillance Britain?

It's been estimated that the average UK adult is now registered on more than 700 databases and is caught many times each day by nearly five million CCTV cameras. So how hard would it be for an average citizen to disappear completely? That’s the subject of a new documentary film: Erasing David, (Trailer: YouTube, Vimeo) which premieres this evening in the UK on More4. It's also now available worldwide online at the iTunes store and through several Video On Demand services, as well as through Good Screenings. [more inside]
posted by zarq at 2:15 PM - 17 comments

You ran out of dish soap

The free box is a webseries about eccentric housemates in portland. It has three 10-episode seasons, and a fourth in preproduction.
posted by djduckie at 1:40 PM - 16 comments

photosynthetic man

Jani, a hindu man in western India, claims not to have taken in any food or water for 70 years. He has been under 24 hour surveillance since April 22 by a hospital team. This video goes into a little more detail.
posted by mdn at 1:37 PM - 82 comments

Metafilter: 56% Conservative Readership

Slate has introduced a tool to analyze the news sites you read online. The tool is based on a paper that studied ideological isolation in news consumption online and off. It analyzes your history to determine which sites you read and looks at readership data to determine how much of an echo chamber, if any, your choice of news sources creates. [more inside]
posted by furiousxgeorge at 11:42 AM - 72 comments

Picasso of the Ghetto Passes

Purvis Young, the street artist who adorned neighborhoods in Miami with his vibrant, expressionistic depictions of urban life, has died at the age of 67.
posted by cross_impact at 11:24 AM - 4 comments

Behind the Bookcase

In honor of the museum's 50th anniversary, the Anne Frank House has created a virtual tour of the Secret Annex and the rest of the house. The complete manuscript of Anne's diary has also gone on display at the museum for the first time.
posted by Horace Rumpole at 11:14 AM - 18 comments

A-pop, K-pop, J-pop

This guy makes mashups of American pop music, Korean pop music, and Japanese pop music. (MLYT) [more inside]
posted by specialagentwebb at 9:40 AM - 9 comments

Past Thinking about Earth- Like Planets and Life

Past Thinking about Earth-Like Planets and Life [pdf], presenting a brief history of thought on finding extraterrestrial life-like phenomena, is the first chapter of James Kasting's new book, How to Find a Habitable Planet. He participated in a discussion on BBC's The Forum.
posted by jjray at 9:30 AM - 27 comments

Deciding the fate of the Mojave Cross

Yesterday, in a highly split decision with six separate opinions, the United States Supreme Court overturned a Ninth Circuit ruling in Salazar v. Buono. The issue at hand? Whether the location of the Mojave Memorial Cross represented an unconstitutional endorsement of religion. The Ninth Circuit decided that it did, but its ruling has been called into question by the high court on several levels. [more inside]
posted by Riki tiki at 9:09 AM - 114 comments

HP bought Palm today.

HP buys Palm for $1.2 Billion.
posted by Michael Pemulis at 8:54 AM - 99 comments

How I Met Your Motherboard

How I Met Your Motherboard
posted by gwint at 8:07 AM - 16 comments

Nope.

Here's Why We Don't Allow Flash On The iPhone And iPad. An open letter by Steve Jobs. Some previous discussion here, here.
posted by mazola at 7:12 AM - 967 comments

Corralling Bali's "Kuta Cowboys".

Bali's "Kuta Cowboys" get unwanted attention. Bali draws plenty of older women seeking romance (see: Elizabeth Gilbert), and more often than not, they end up in the arms of "Kuta Cowboys" - tanned, muscled, swaggering local men who offer no-strings-attached intimacy to female tourists. [more inside]
posted by micketymoc at 4:55 AM - 42 comments

A blasphemous image of the Prophet awaits the IMG tag

"This is an Islamic country - if you're caught drinking or they smell alcohol, you will be lashed." But people drink anyway.
posted by twoleftfeet at 2:58 AM - 49 comments

April 28

Santa Muerte

A Saint for Lost Souls. "The barrio of Tepito, where it's said that everything is for sale except dignity, has been one of Mexico City's roughest neighborhoods since Aztec times. Famous for its black market and its boxing champions, Tepito is a place where residents learn to fight early and fight hard. These days it has also become the epicenter of Mexico's fastest-growing faith: Santa Muerte, or Holy Death, a hybrid religion that merges Catholic symbolism with pre-Hispanic worship of the skeletal Mictlantecuhtli and Mictlancihuatl, Lord and Lady of the Dead."
posted by homunculus at 11:20 PM - 36 comments

Sharing is Caring

Do you like free music, and a whole lot of it? You might want to check out netlabels.
23seconds is a netlabel from Sweden, with music ranging from introspective but fun indietronica to brash electroclash to feel-good Gothenburg disco, all for free (as in beer.)
But what's a real goldmine is their massive netlabel catalogue, with a listing of over 150 labels. Happy downloading! [more inside]
posted by dunkadunc at 10:09 PM - 18 comments

Plasma Rain

Solar eruption with chance of rain: The movie.
posted by edgeways at 9:47 PM - 25 comments

Ze Frank's Chillout Song.

Im a fan of Songs You Already Know. If you make another, could you please make a song for "Song for when you're overwhelmed"? A nice sweet calmdown song. An audio-hug. A song that huddles around you and whispers "shhhhhhh, calm the fuck down. s'okay".
posted by Sticherbeast at 8:12 PM - 35 comments

Wodaabe - Herdsmen Of The Sun

Short segments from Wodaabe - Die Hirten der Sonne. Nomaden am Südrand der Sahara (Herdsmen of the Sun), a 1989 documentary by Werner Herzog.
posted by puny human at 7:52 PM - 6 comments

The Art of Living

Doing Time, Doing Vipassana is a powerful 52-minute documentary (1 2 3 4 5) in which Goenka's form of meditation is once again introduced in India's largest prison. [more inside]
posted by gman at 6:57 PM - 21 comments

Sir Peter Jackson

Arise, Sir Peter. Renowned film director Peter Jackson was invested by the Queen's representative in New Zealand yesterday, as a Knight Bachelor Companion of the Order of Merit. Modern Knighthoods are principally a British and European convention, exported to the Commonwealth colonies, and seen by some as a continuation of social class. Labour discontinued them in 2000 in favour of more egalitarian titles (and with associated republican ideals), however they were restored in 2009 by the right-wing National party government, to a mixed reception.
posted by wilful at 6:48 PM - 38 comments

Zoology, the final frontier

So this new critter, the Symbion pandora, has such a bizarre life cycle and is just so bloody weird -unlike anything we had come across before- that its discovery in 1995 lead to the creation of a whole new phylum in the Animal Kingdom. Meet the little monsters.

If your weird-o-meter is humming, keep reading Zoologger, a new column in NewScientist magazine that writes about about weird animals from around the globe. Selective abortion in pipefish, single-cell giants that enslave bacteria, amphibious cats, you name it.
posted by Cobalt at 6:43 PM - 38 comments

Born To Be Mild

Lawrence of Arabia owned eight, and was killed riding one. George Bernard Shaw liked them. Approximately 3048 were built from 1919 to 1940; as of 2004, roughly 1000 are known to exist. Here are three sites about the "Rolls-Royce of Motorcycles": the Brough Superior.
posted by mattdidthat at 6:36 PM - 37 comments

A Wild Nobility

Something very strange has been happening across London clubland this Spring. The Antsignal has gone up over the city, and the Antpeople have crawled out from their mounds to hail the unexpected return of their insect overlord. An Adam Ant Exclusive by Simon Price [more inside]
posted by a.steele at 5:57 PM - 27 comments

Fretless Fader

The Fretless Fader is an incredible new XY turntable control interface being developed by John Beez
posted by mhjb at 5:45 PM - 29 comments

The Korean Zombie

Chan Sung Jung is a MMA fighter. He has an unorthodox style. And he keeps coming at you regardless of the pace. They call him the Korean Zombie.
posted by ishmael at 5:06 PM - 36 comments

The Recession Hits Big Art

Jeff Koons, Charles Ray, Claes Oldenburg, and Robert Therrien are just a few of the artists who, over the past thirty years, have used Carlson & Co. to engineer and fabricate large scale, technically complex sculptures. Last week Carlson & Co. laid off its 95 employees, and will close.
posted by R. Mutt at 4:02 PM - 25 comments

I'm absolutely, 100 percent, not guilty.

Orange juice, consumed in 70 percent of American homes, isn't quite as all natural as the "Not From Concentrate" on its label implies. According to Alyssa Hamilton's book Squeezed, raw juice is often heated, stripped of its volatile compounds and flavor-rich oils, and stored for as long as a year before it reaches the consumer. Something called "the flavor pack" is used to return most of the "natural" aroma and taste to the product. Why? Without these infusions, Hamilton writes, processed orange juice would be "undrinkable".
posted by exhilaration at 2:44 PM - 130 comments

5th grade love video

I CANT LIVE WITHOUT YOY. Armed with air guitar, U2's With Or Without You, and a video camera that he can type overlays into, a kid professes his everlasting love to KELY KELLY.
posted by The Devil Tesla at 2:25 PM - 80 comments

Beloved Herring Maven, RIP

Actor, Playwright, Artist, Comedian, Magician, "Man of A Thousand Voices" (including Mighty Mouse,) "Beloved Herring Maven"
Mr. Ira Stadlen (Stage name: "Captain" Allen Swift) has passed away at the age of 87. Throughout his career, Mr. Stadler voiced characters in more than 30,000 television and radio commercials, as well as cartoons such as Underdog, Tom and Jerry and Diver Dan, but some might remember him most as the man who saved Howdy Doody. His nephew has posted a remembrance on his blog, which includes a link to a "novelty 45" mp3 recording of Swift's "Are You Lonesome Tonight." [more inside]
posted by zarq at 2:03 PM - 13 comments

Looking Up.

Surviving at the Base of the Pyramid A look at the ways and means those at the Base of the Pyramid across the developing world earn a living by the repair, reuse, repurposing, resale and recycling of goods. Like Dharavi; home to more than a million people.and a thriving business centre propelled by thousands of micro-entrepreneurs who have created as many as 4500 to 5000 small scale industries most of which recycle the discarded waste of Mumbai’s 19 million citizens. Ideas like The Safe Bottle Lamp project. winner of 2009 BBC WorldChallenge. Indian social entrepreneurs are going global cooking gas from pine needles- solar powered hearing aids. and in San Diego CA Carbon Manna Unlimited have announced the establishment of the "Micro" Revolutions Institute(SM), the world's first think tank to focus exclusively on developing novel, sustainable, open-source, low-cost and immediately implementable micro-economic, micro-financial and micro-ecological paradigms or mechanisms to benefit the Developing World.
posted by adamvasco at 12:27 PM - 6 comments

Think globally, act globally

Eating local, organic foods may not be the best option. The vast majority of greenhouse gas emissions stem from food production, not transportation, and production inputs for organic food are typically higher. Third world countries that have a food system that is organic and local by default are suffering from lack of infrastructure and investment in basic production technologies that could improve nutrition for millions of people. [more inside]
posted by stinker at 12:17 PM - 153 comments

Monkey see, monkey dead

Chimpanzees mourn, freak out, and even lose sleep over a relative's death. Includes footage. Also, lol.
posted by DZack at 12:05 PM - 65 comments

Avatar tree not so alien

The ID system lies in the roots and the chemical cues they secrete. Scientists have found that plants will determine if their neighbors are siblings/family and if so, will not complete for resources as aggressively . [more inside]
posted by Eicats at 11:51 AM - 18 comments

Sorry Samus but your Princess is in another castle!

Super Mario Crossover - Play Super Mario Bros. as Bill S, Samus, Link, Simon, Mega Man or, of course, as Mario. [more inside]
posted by carsonb at 11:40 AM - 68 comments

The more, the merrier?

The Expansionist Party of the United States ("XP") is a "small, international organization founded over the telephone February 19, 1977 by two gay men in two different boros of New York City." (One of the founders is L. Craig Schoonmaker, known to some as the guiding spirit of Homosexuals Intransigent!.) XP's mission: "to enlarge the United States geographically." First step: Welcoming Canada Home. [more inside]
posted by GrammarMoses at 11:21 AM - 60 comments

Silver Age is the Best Age

February 1966 was the best month in comics ever
posted by Artw at 11:20 AM - 42 comments

Dexter's Laboratory

Dexter High School's student newspaper causes parental squall. An anonymous parents group called Clean Up DHS wants to quash student free speech because of an article in a recent issue of the student-run The Squall. The article in question (p. 4, February 2010) is about a local teens-only club. Where's the rub? [more inside]
posted by beelzbubba at 11:17 AM - 25 comments

Close Encounters of the Third Kind

Emerging from a debate on "epistemic closure" (of the conservative mind) John Quiggin looked beyond the dead horses and gazed upon the need "to offer hope, in the form of goals that can excite enthusiastic commitment to a progressive alternative." Matthew Yglesias pondered and penned a response providing a glimpse of the very big picture... [more inside]
posted by kliuless at 11:11 AM - 17 comments

I've come undooooone!

Rivers Cuomo Messes You Up Forever: The six stages of breaking up with an ideal.
posted by oinopaponton at 11:09 AM - 101 comments

Unwitting bystanders.

Dutch PSA uses augmented reality to make a point about aggression against public service employees. (SLYT)
posted by goodnewsfortheinsane at 10:17 AM - 40 comments

Good God gentlemen, you’re a mess! Get to work man! F.

Couch Cushion Architecture; A Critical Analysis in two parts. Complete with grades.
posted by cashman at 9:52 AM - 12 comments

Little Green Men

The five worst Army men of all time.
posted by william_boot at 9:50 AM - 84 comments

Every day, I draw on a 3x5 index card.

Every day, I draw on a 3x5 index card. [via mefi projects] [more inside]
posted by chunking express at 9:37 AM - 21 comments

Gendered use of social media

"The social world is led by women," states Facebook COO Sheryl Sandberg. Jenna Goudreau for Forbes reports on recent studies and data which suggest that men and women are motivated to use social media for different purposes. According to experts, women use social media to connect and share, while men are interested in gathering information and "increasing their status." via Jezebel
posted by la_scribbler at 8:58 AM - 85 comments

Homebrew, but not for the Wii

May 1st is National Homebrew Day. Hundreds of thousands of people in America brew their own beer, wine, mead and other alcoholic beverages. Want to try out the hobby? Here's a great community, and here's a great guide. [more inside]
posted by mccarty.tim at 7:19 AM - 64 comments

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