After more than 16 hours of deliberating, a six-woman jury in Florida has acquitted
George Zimmerman in the murder of Trayvon Martin. Many commentators are outraged
by what they see as another failure of the criminal justice system to deliver justice for an African-American. Others point out that this verdict depended on the unique nature of the law
posted by mai
on Jul 13, 2013 -
Got a few hours to kill and want to spend a little time in gaming history? Don't have anything else to do until 2013? Check out Anacreon: Reconstruction 4021
), one of the earliest 4X
games ever made, dating to 1987-88. The original version was DOS-based, but the creator, George Moromisato, released a Windows version in 2004 which has significant updates. [more inside]
posted by valkyryn
on Sep 12, 2012 -
"Men working on the river would move in time to the beat of the music. It was everywhere: on the street, in the church. In the tonks and barrelhouses where people went to be together. Like the beating of a big heart. It gave everyone a good feeling." The Cradle is Rocking
is a delightful 12-minute film that, though somewhat damaged (Folkstreams has found what may be the only surviving print), is highly recommended viewing for anyone interested in American roots music: in this case, New Orleans jazz. The film's thoughtful and affable narrator is trumpeter George "Kid Sheik" Cola
, who can be heard along with Captain John Handy serving up some fine old-school Dixieland jazz here
posted by flapjax at midnite
on Dec 9, 2009 -
We just like George Plimpton.
Not personally, we never actually knew him. But we like everything we know about him. His intelligence. His good humor. His spirit.
We enjoy the way he attacked life with gusto and grace.
We appreciate how he proved that a funny upper crust accent and a rather fancy vocabulary doesn't make you any less of a real man. (If nothing else, Plimpton's life proves that once upon a time a man walked the earth who could both read poetry and throw a football.)
We admire the way he embodied everything a man of letters is supposed to be; curious and articulate, brave and wise.
We are thankful to the way he ceaselessly promoted other writers and artists and how, through his own writings and publications, became a teacher, guide and inspiration to countless others (even those he never met, life, for instance, us).
And, finally, we believe a life such as his is worth continued celebration. Because here was a man who threw himself tirelessly into the gaping maw of life, fighting onward, ever smiling, like the truest of gentleman.
ALSO, George Plimpton digs Intellivision
and thinks its far superior to Atari.
posted by Fizz
on Jul 1, 2009 -
One of the most beautiful
places in Denver. It a quiet place and quite the place to see. A movie
was made about a house and the fellow who rented it one day...adjacent to the park. Scared me to death as a little kid.
posted by shockingbluamp
on Sep 21, 2008 -
What Bush and Batman have in common.
"A cry for help goes out from a city beleaguered by violence and fear: A beam of light flashed into the night sky, the dark symbol of a bat projected onto the surface of the racing clouds . . .Oh, wait a minute. That's not a bat, actually. In fact, when you trace the outline with your finger, it looks kind of like . . . a "W."
posted by you just lost the game
on Jul 25, 2008 -
aka the Doctor, founder of the PFLP
has died. The group, still extant, were notorious for various attacks in the 60s and 70s, most notably the Dawson's Field Hijackings
in the early days of Black September
when four planes bound for NYC were hijacked. Three were evacuated and detonated on live TV at a remote airstrip in Jordon. Leila Khaled
(Mefites might better know her the inspiration for another Doctor's accomplice, Leela
) and her Sandinista
accomplice Patrick Argüello boarded a Swissair flight from Amsterdam posed as married Hondurans. Argüello was assaulted with a whiskey bottle and finally shot, while Leila was arrested and released
as part of an exchange deal. Though the group gave up hijacking, the Japanese Red Army
, armed with Czech rifles concealed in violin cases, orchestrated the Lod Airport
massacre on their behalf, killing mostly mostly Puerto Rican pilgrims. The only surviving culprit, Kozo Okamoto
is eventually granted refuge in Lebanon.
posted by harhailla.harhaluuossa
on Jan 26, 2008 -
It has always been difficult to look up any information on the pioneers of computing. Even today, in the Internet age, one has trouble finding much about early computers--even on the ultimate computer network.
Consider the late George A. Philbrick. He was one of the titanic figures in electronic computing in the 1950s--mainly because of the company he founded, which was a major manufacturer (and pioneer) of the operational amplifier
, at a time when an "op-amp" was made of vacuum tubes. Op-amps were used to build analog computers
, which were widely used to simulate physical processes in the days when digital computers were either non-existent, or too slow and costly, for many kinds of simulation and process-control work. Op-amps, in chip form, are still widely used in electronics. Yet, despite his unquestioned status as a major pioneer of electronics, there was almost nothing on the Internet about Philbrick or his company.
Until 2005--when Joe Sousa decided to put up a website dedicated to Philbrick's legacy. Behold The Philbrick Archive.
posted by metasonix
on Aug 4, 2007 -
I have been called a voluptuary, a sybarite, a hedonist, a creep. ..
George Meyer's silly rhapsody on conferences, symposia, seminars, etc.: "The OFF-SITE is a born provocateur. She blends the dirty fun of a PowerPoint presentation with the raw danger of a Kaffeeklatsch. One minute she’s showing you charts and graphs, then up pops a “Far Side” cartoon. It’s high-stakes poker, and everything’s wild."
from the New Yorker , May 2007.
posted by celerystick
on Jun 13, 2007 -
- a new work by Gilbert & George, available for download until 11:35pm on the 10th of May.
posted by jack_mo
on May 8, 2007 -
, the indie music festival
, returns to The Gorge
with an impressive line-up
headlined by Bjork
and the Beastie Boys
. As usual, KEXP
has a veritable cornucopia of live performances
from the artists. If you're wondering what might be in store, check out select songs from The Arcade Fire
, Citizen Cope
, Neko Case
, The Thermals
, Viva Voce
, Michael Franti & Spearhead
, Bad Brains
, The Dandy Warhols
, Jesse Sykes & The Sweet Hereafter
, Common Market
, and Minus The Bear
. Bring sunscreen
and an umbrella
on your short drive
to George, Washington
posted by 0xFCAF
on Feb 25, 2007 -
I couldn't have said
(single link, youtube, political, beautifully done)
posted by Lord_Pall
on Nov 4, 2006 -
, "a great guide to the downtempo music scene/lifestyle, spotlighting not only the essential release reviews, label/artist profiles and other data on the genre but also exclusive DJ mixes and all kinds of other goodies" (via
). Check out the totally free, totally chill Radio Jazztronica #3
mix from DJ Chicken George. It's 55+ minutes of "unpredictable, energetic and heart-felt" downtempo that packs a serious punch. Did I mention it's free?
posted by JPowers
on Feb 8, 2006 -
Republicans are threatening
to revoke Major League Baseball's antitrust exemption. Not because of the steroid scandals
, or the numerous abuses of the monopoly to shakedown cities
for publicly financed stadiums.
No, the GOP is attacking baseball because George Soros
, a liberal, might buy a team and he would be a "polarizing figure."
Oh yeah, Fred Malek
, a non-polarizing, competing bidder is a GOP fundraiser and a aide who compiled a list of members of the "Jewish Cabal" at the Bureau of Labor Statistics for Nixon.
This injection of politics into baseball seems eerily familiar
posted by hipnerd
on Jun 30, 2005 -
George Bush sings
(MP3 contains swearing) and shows how he imagines the world should be. Now that John Ashcroft has left the administration it was clearly time for someone else to step up and lead the vocals. There's more info at Wax Audio
posted by sien
on Jun 9, 2005 -
"Joseph McCarthy must be smiling admirably in Hades"
-- British MP George Galloway, on Sen. Norm Coleman (R-MN) We've previously discussed Galloway here
, but I thought that pan had flashed and I'd never hear his name again. This is transAtlantic Politifilter for your Friday Morning. (via Minneapolis Star-Tribune, it may ask for reg.)
posted by indiebass
on May 13, 2005 -
George W Bush
certainly makes more sense when you can write his speeches for him. Now only if we could make all of his other decisions...
posted by mule
on Feb 3, 2005 -
Bush Relatives for Kerry
grew out of a series of conversations that took place between a group of people that have two things in common: they are all related to George Walker Bush, and they are all voting for John Kerry. As the election approaches, we feel it is our responsibility to speak out about why we are voting for John Kerry, and to do our small part to help America heal from the sickness it has suffered since George Bush was appointed President in 2000. We invite you to read our stories, and please, don't vote for our cousin!
posted by jackspace
on Oct 21, 2004 -
It's that time of year
- time for thru-hikers to start the Appalachian Trail! Last year, over 1700 hikers
started the hike with only 352 completing the 2,200 mile walk from Springer Mtn, Georgia to Katahdin, Maine. Given that walking the AT takes about six months, most hikers start in March and April so they can finish before winter sets in.
With town spread out along the trail, many hikers keep online journals
- probably some of the few blogs where what you had for breakfast and what the weather was like make for interesting topics.
posted by borkus
on Feb 29, 2004 -