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story of your life

My Cousin is Not a Hero: "But it’s not fiction, it’s real life. It’s the night of his dad’s funeral and we’re standing there together, and neither of us is a hero. Neither of us is on an epic journey... Our plot points are weird ones, and our stories don’t add up to some amazing narrative of personal growth and enlightenment — but they do matter, because they’re ours." [more inside]
posted by flex on Aug 1, 2014 - 16 comments

Not an Obit, an Epistle

Ernest Callenbach, author of the classic environmental novel Ecotopia among other works, died of cancer at 83 on April 16th, leaving behind this document on his computer.
posted by oneswellfoop on May 6, 2012 - 37 comments

brrrrrrr

It's pretty darn cold in Europe this winter, with over 300 dead as a result sadly.
posted by yeoz on Feb 6, 2012 - 137 comments

Chile on strike

The ongoing student demonstrations in Chile began as a protest over the costs, profits, and fairness of higher education there. They have since attracted other segments of Chilean society venting frustration over wages, health care, and other issues. Uniting the protesters is common dissatisfaction with hugely unpopular President Sebastian Pinera and social inequality...
posted by Surfin' Bird on Sep 20, 2011 - 13 comments

Sleepers

Whenever, wherever, however they can, folks around the world gotta cop a few Zs. [more inside]
posted by Halloween Jack on Aug 16, 2011 - 46 comments

And a great big blue sky below

32 images of the earth from the blackness of space, many with spacewalking astronauts in the foreground, presented in a Big Picture style. (via) [more inside]
posted by filthy light thief on Apr 7, 2011 - 34 comments

In Focus - a new news photo blog

In Focus - a new news photo blog [via mefi projects] [more inside]
posted by pwally on Feb 9, 2011 - 19 comments

Boston Big Picture 2010 in Photos

The Big Picture: 2010 in Photos (part 2, part 3). just in case you missed it
posted by allkindsoftime on Dec 29, 2010 - 16 comments

Mountains beyond mountains

Earlier this week, Toxie, NPR's cutest toxic asset died. One of the mortgages bundled into this asset was an investment property in Bradenton, Florida, which, like many Florida homes, has never been occupied or served as anything other than a financial instrument. Boston.com's Big Picture recently took a look from above at the effects that this (and previous) housing bubbles have had on the development of Florida's cities and landscapes. How do you design a city that nobody plans to live in? (Previously)
posted by schmod on Oct 1, 2010 - 82 comments

Vancouver, Vancouver, this is it!

On May 18th, 1980, thirty years ago today, at 8:32 a.m., the ground shook beneath Mount St. Helens in Washington state as a magnitude 5.1 earthquake struck, setting off one of the largest landslides in recorded history - the entire north slope of the volcano slid away. As the land moved, it exposed the superheated core of the volcano setting off gigantic explosions and eruptions of steam, ash and rock debris. The blast was heard hundreds of miles away, the pressure wave flattened entire forests, the heat melted glaciers and set off destructive mudflows, and 57 people lost their lives. A photo-essay.
posted by Nothing... and like it on May 18, 2010 - 76 comments

I sweep the skies with fire and steel

Journeys to the Internal Space Station (SLBP) [more inside]
posted by blue_beetle on Apr 14, 2010 - 29 comments

There was music in the cafes at night, And revolution in the air

The Big Picture: Crisis in Kyrgyzstan [more inside]
posted by KokuRyu on Apr 7, 2010 - 42 comments

2010 Paralympics

Live online broadcast of the 2010 Paralympic Games (Silverlight required). The Paralympics are back, this time in Vancouver. Sledge hockey, alpine & cross-country skiing, biathalon and curling. You can watch every event live or recorded on ParalympicSport.tv or see some photos at The Big Picture.
posted by GuyZero on Mar 17, 2010 - 11 comments

On the Spot with Kim Jong-il

The Big Picture displays recent photos released by the KCNA of Kim Jong-il giving "on-the-spot" field guidance.
posted by gman on Mar 13, 2010 - 66 comments

The Big Picture: Olympic Torch Relay — Goofy Canadian Style

The Big Picture: Olympic Torch Relay Canada's goofy-assed torch relay. Half the pictures are WTF moments — where is she going? Why is it in a swimming pool? Is that a T-Rex? Where's he going after he climbs to the top? [more inside]
posted by five fresh fish on Feb 11, 2010 - 97 comments

Tweeting in a most peculiar way / And the stars look very different today

Since late January of 2010, the International Space Station was able to access the Internet for personal use, leading to the first tweet from space. The previous tweets were e-mailed to the ground where support personnel posted them to the astronaut's Twitter account. Currently there are 17 active NASA astronauts and 6 internatual'nauts tweeting from on high. If their words aren't enough, they're also posting pictures, primarily from Soichi Noguchi (@Astro_Soichi) and José Hernández (@Astro_Jose, whose socio-political messages were covered previously). [more inside]
posted by filthy light thief on Feb 5, 2010 - 28 comments

Welcoming 2010.

Welcoming 2010 from the always fantastic The Big Picture. Includes not just fireworks, but heaps of trash, workplace pranks, and small children dressed up as trees.
posted by grapefruitmoon on Jan 2, 2010 - 27 comments

Another year in pictures

The year 2009 in photographs (boston.com, parts 2 & 3 coming tomorrow and the next day) prev
posted by allkindsoftime on Dec 15, 2009 - 42 comments

Photos of Martian landscapes

The frequently excellent photo-blog The Big Picture at the Boston Globe has posted a collection of stunning and, well, alien-looking photos of the martian landscape.
posted by Frankieist on Nov 7, 2009 - 30 comments

kiss kiss

a collection of kisses.
posted by lalex on Sep 22, 2009 - 18 comments

38 photos of Obama's first 167 days in office

38 photos of Obama's first 167 days in office (via.) [more inside]
posted by slogger on Jul 7, 2009 - 50 comments

Big Picture Developed in Spare Time

This week's New York Times Punch Awards notification brought the news that award winning Boston Globe's The Big Picture was developed and promoted largely on Alan Taylor's own time. The most recent entry is a look at life from the other side of the border by Peering Into North Korea.
posted by netbros on Apr 25, 2009 - 23 comments

Cassini. Camera. Saturn.

NASA's Cassini spacecraft went to Saturn and all it got were these awesome pictures.
posted by Saturn XXIII on Apr 21, 2009 - 70 comments

Shine on, friend. Goodnight.

The Big Picture has photos taken during Earth Hour 2009. Click the photos to go from "lit" to "unlit." (Earth Hour home, wiki, previously)
posted by hifiparasol on Apr 1, 2009 - 65 comments

The Big Picture: Holi

Holi - The Festival of Colors on the Big Picture. More about Holi. What else can you do on Holi? [pre vious ly]
posted by not_on_display on Mar 13, 2009 - 19 comments

So you're a tough guy, huh?

"The safest most dangerous taste of physical and mental endurance pain in the world"
posted by Brandon Blatcher on Feb 4, 2009 - 51 comments

More Photos of London From Above, at Night

24 more amazing photos of London at night, from above. Previously.
posted by cerebus19 on Jan 28, 2009 - 22 comments

The Earth Observatory

Earth, observed. Standout photographs from NASA's Earth Observatory website.
posted by homunculus on Jan 14, 2009 - 11 comments

120,000 words

The year 2008 in photographs (boston.com, parts 2 & 3 coming tomorrow and the next day)
posted by allkindsoftime on Dec 17, 2008 - 28 comments

Jigme Khesar Namgyel Wangchuck

Bhutan crowns a new King.
posted by homunculus on Nov 8, 2008 - 40 comments

The Sun

The Sun [more inside]
posted by grouse on Oct 13, 2008 - 49 comments

Childhood Cancer Awareness Month Photoessay

September is Childhood Cancer Awareness Month. [more inside]
posted by Lord_Pall on Sep 26, 2008 - 7 comments

Photographs of the aftermath

A gallery of photographs from the areas affected by Hurricane Ike.
posted by Johnny Assay on Sep 16, 2008 - 62 comments

Photos of the 2008 Paralympics

Photos of the 2008 Paralympics. Sadly the Paralympics rarely garners the coverage of the Olympics, but thanks to the internet you can witch videos of the competitions at Universal Sports (though it may be region-blocked, require registration and only seems to work on Windows).
posted by GuyZero on Sep 12, 2008 - 30 comments

Hurricanes from Outer Space!

Hurricanes, as seen from orbit. Flying straight into a Hurricane. The list of worldwide Hurricane names. The history of Hurricane names.
posted by clearly on Sep 8, 2008 - 11 comments

London from Above, at Night

London from above, at night.
posted by cerebus19 on Aug 29, 2008 - 31 comments

And it probably won't destroy the universe.

Stunning photos of the Large Hadron Collider (LHC), the 17 mile long particle accelerator that probably won't destroy the universe. [previously]
posted by bukharin on Aug 2, 2008 - 62 comments

The Big Picture

The Big Picture The Boston Globe launches a new blog focusing on a large single image from the day's news. It's kind of surprising how rare it is to see a really big photo on newspaper sites these days and this blog makes the simple concept work. [via mefi projects]
posted by mathowie on Jun 2, 2008 - 45 comments

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