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I suppose, that if someone had predicted to me, in the directionless, drifting ennui right after my graduation from high school, that within two years, I would be trekking across Thailand by oxcart and having run-ins with groups of armed guerrillas, I’d have scoffed and asked for a bowl of whatever it was they were smoking.
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posted by jillithd
on Aug 7, 2014 -
DataGenetics is "a technology consultancy specializing in unlocking the value stored in large databases" and which runs an interesting blog
. [more inside]
posted by alby
on Jul 28, 2014 -
Michael Kors has been causing a bit of a sensation in the fashion world recently, as the popularity of the designer's handbags, and in particular, one handbag—called "the Selma"—threatens to dethrone Coach
as the luxury brand to buy (some say it already has
). The Guardian notes
that in the Kors line of handbags, "The details are right: the gold studs on the base, a practical touch so that you can rest the bag on the floor; a printed silk lining; a phone pocket. But the most important detail is very, very simple: the magic £300 price tag." Obsessions and the internet go hand in hand, so here are some of the best reviews of Selma handbags from bloggers who want to share their knowledge with other handbag enthusiasts. [more inside]
posted by joseph conrad is fully awesome
on Jul 21, 2014 -
101 Useful Websites
is "a frequently updated list of lesser-known but wonderful websites and cool web apps. Here are some of the most useful websites on the internet that you may not know about. These web sites, well most of them, solve at least one problem really well and they all have simple web addresses (URLs) that you can memorize thus saving you a trip to Google." [more inside]
posted by flex
on Jul 20, 2014 -
Dr. Mark Crislip is a Infectious Disease specialist—an ID doc. He's also the master of a vast* multimedia empire
, all parts of which are inflected with his insistence upon scientific evidence and many with a dry, sarcastic sense of humor: the president of the Society for Science-Based Medicine
, he also writes articles for the affiliated website Science-Based Medicine
; he runs the Quackcast
, a podcast that reviews Supplements, Complementary and Alternative Medicines (SCAMs) from an evidence-based perspective; the Persiflagers Infectious Disease Puscast
, which reviews the infectious disease literature; and his blog on Medscape, Rubor, Dolor, Calor, Tumor
, is the basis for the third of his podcasts (and my favorite): A Gobbet O' Pus
. As Crislip puts it: "A cool ID case, a stupid joke and a factoid you can use. What more do you need?"
*For certain quantities of vast. [more inside]
posted by ocherdraco
on Jul 9, 2014 -
Bob Ihlenfeldt, aka Rob Fitzgerald, aka Rob the Bouncer, died recently. I started reading about his exploits as a bouncer
years ago. I bought his book
. I didn't know that he was also the Angry Coach
at EliteFTS. Here is the last post
on his later blog. He was always an excellent writer.
posted by philquadra
on Jun 28, 2014 -
"These people want to believe
in a false reality, they want to believe in conspiracy theories, they want to believe that their government is evil, they want to believe that the biblical Anti-Christ sits in the White House and that the so-called End Times are upon us, they want to believe that the President is plotting their demise because that justifies their hatred and bigotry and their miserable unhappiness."
, retired naval officer, occasional military intelligence consultant, craftsman and blogger
, illustrates the process by which the media exploits lazy critical thinking to create a false narrative that alienates us from one another
posted by Lou Stuells
on Apr 23, 2014 -
Alex and I have lived together for 9 years. In those 9 years we have packed up, moved and unpacked his record collection 5 times. It’s about 15 boxes, about 1500 hundred records “that includes the singles and stuff, which you’re also going to have to review.” Is what Alex just said to me from the other room... Here are the rules I’ve set for my self. Start with the “A’s” these records are set up in alphabetical order by artist. Listen to the entire thing even if I really hate it. And make sure to comment on the cover art. Are you with me? Let’s see how far I can go.
(20 so far...)
posted by Going To Maine
on Mar 16, 2014 -
Pour out a little Chinaco
The godfather of liberal bloggers, Terry R. Coppage, aka Bartcop, passed away
Bartcop was a snarky, no-holds barred, riotous – at times mean-spirited, but never untruthful – oasis of hilarity and vitriol, where politicians and a compliant media were called out for their bullshit. Along with Media Whores Online (‘The Horse”), no journalist was ever again safe from having their stories fact-checked online and then held up to ridicule.
Bartcop was the brainchild of Terry R. Coppage, based out of his beloved and sometimes mocked Tulsa, Oklahoma home. Terry was fearless in a way that other media critics couldn’t be for a simple reason: he wasn’t angling to move up the fawning beltway food chain with a guest spot at The Washington Post. He didn’t pull punches and he called bullshit for what it was: “bullshit.”
The site was crude, the graphics sometimes even cruder (I have a special place in my heart for his animated gif of Tim Russert repeating “Clinton’s cock” over and over and over again), but most importantly it dispensed with the niceties with a wicked grin with a well-placed deflating shiv between the ribs.
posted by sensate
on Mar 10, 2014 -
is a blog that gives instructions for cool papercraft objects, "reinterpreting the Danish tradition
of woven paper hearts
and ornaments." Cut paper in the prescribed ways and weave it together carefully to make a mobile of colorful hot air balloons
, gorgeous and complex boxes
; simple but satisfying pennants
and much more... including a full theater for performances by paper dolls.
posted by LobsterMitten
on Sep 23, 2013 -
The bloggers at The St. Louis Slinger Tour
have completed their comprehensive 16 month review of the Slingers
available at 58 different St. Louis area restaurants. Follow them chronologically or check out Tim and Tony's Top 10 for later enjoyment (consensus favorite: The Sidebar
). Also available for your convenience is a list of the worst Slingers in St. Louis (e.g. Uncle Bill's
), to be avoided or ordered out of morbid curiosity. [more inside]
posted by jedicus
on Jul 24, 2013 -
bills itself as "where academia meets public life". Its promotes long-form, accessible articles about a variety of topics.
posted by shothotbot
on Jul 16, 2013 -
On Wednesday, William Van Poyck was executed
by the state of Florida for murdering a prison guard during a botched 1987 attempt to free an imprisoned friend. Poyck spent 25 years in solitary confinement on death row, during which time he wrote to his sister about his life in prison. Since 2005 she has published those letters to a blog called Death Row Diary
. 'Poyck used to write about everything from the novels and history books he was reading and shows he watched on PBS to the state of the world and his own philosophy of life – punctuated by news of the deaths of those around him, from illness, suicide, and execution.' Excerpts
. His final letter.
posted by zarq
on Jun 13, 2013 -
On June 6th, 2013, Mel Brooks will be presented with the 41st AFI Life Achievement Award, but this post is about his Tomato and Onion Omelette. Bon Appétit
talks cooking, coffee, and career with Mel Brooks, Omelette King
posted by Room 641-A
on May 19, 2013 -
The Weirdest Band in the World
is a blog devoted to singers, musicians, and bands that are crazy
, or otherwise unusual
. Bloggers Andy and Jake write about bands both successful
, whether metal
, or whatever other genre
, always with an unflagging appreciation for what makes these bands unique, and with none of the snark and jeering that often laces articles elsewhere about people doing weird things. [more inside]
posted by narain
on May 15, 2013 -
A blog discussion of Charles Palliser's intriguing novel, The Quincunx
, began in 2003, and is still going
. Despite a wealth of theories, the participants are still no nearer solving the book's key mystery - who is
the hero's father?
posted by low_horrible_immoral
on May 9, 2013 -