: "The U.S. government on Friday approved Shuanghui International Holding’s bid to buy iconic U.S. pork producer Smithfield Foods in what would be the biggest Chinese takeover of a U.S. company to date." [more inside]
posted by Wordshore
on Sep 8, 2013 -
'The ploughman's lunch
is a UK pub meal who's core components are cheese, chutney, and bread. It can also include such items as boiled eggs, ham, and pickled onions, and is accompanied with beer.' [more inside]
posted by panaceanot
on Aug 12, 2013 -
An investigative "Cold Case Posse" launched six months ago by "America’s toughest sheriff" – Joe Arpaio of Arizona’s Maricopa County – has concluded there is probable cause that the document released by the White House last year as President Obama’s birth certificate is a computer-generated forgery.
as THE TRUTH is exposed.
posted by (Arsenio) Hall and (Warren) Oates
on Mar 1, 2012 -
Rep. Peter King (R-NY), not content with questioning
Muslim loyalty, has introduced HR 607
, the "Broadband for First Responders Act of 2011,"
to take away HAM radio from amateur operators, and sell it to he highest commercial bidder in order to fund some kind of separate internet for cops.
posted by Slap*Happy
on Mar 10, 2011 -
Not the commercials you'd expect for the 2010 Utah State Fair. Check out those hamhocks
and don't for get to grab a corndog
while you're there. The TV commercials have since been yanked
by the fair's board. The director of the ads, Jared Hess
of Napolean Dynamite fame, claims racism
posted by maryr
on Sep 13, 2010 -
Inspiration to do something with your holiday weekend: Steven K. Roberts is an interesting guy with a bit of a hobby problem. In 1983 his recumbent bike
sported "only" a security system, lights, a CB radio and a state-of-the-art TRS80/100 laptop
would eventually evolve into BEHEMOTH
, the "Big Electronic Human-Energized Machine... Only Too Heavy". BEHEMOTH incorporated (amongst other things) HUD, cooling system, small Sun SPARCstation
, HAM Radio, credit card verifier, bubblejet printer, hydraulic disk brakes... [more inside]
posted by Ogre Lawless
on May 21, 2009 -
100 Best Icelandic Pop & Rock Albums
all streamable in full for free. Icelandic state broadcaster RÚV and Icelandic subscription music website tónlist.is
have published what they, their team of experts and the Icelandic public consider to be the 100 best Icelandic rock and pop albums of all time. Björk, Sigur Rós, Múm and The Sugarcubes don't need much introduction but below the cut there are short description of the other artists. [via RÚV] [more inside]
posted by Kattullus
on May 6, 2009 -
is a culinary event featuring 5 chefs, 5 pigs, and 5 winemakers in a friendly competition for a cause. Each chef will prepare a 70 pound heritage pig from head to toe for 200 enthusiasts." (flash site) [more inside]
posted by mkb
on Apr 15, 2009 -
with a fascinating (well, unless you're kosher) history of colonial curing methods.
posted by digaman
on Oct 19, 2007 -
The inside of Farmer John's hog rendering plant
in Vernon, California, is among the worst places on Earth if you happen to be a hog, which is why the outside of the building is such a case study in mural based irony
. In 1957, perhaps as a trap to lure in unsuspecting piglets who had come to Los Angeles to make it in the movies, the folks at Farmer John's hired Hollywood set designer Les Grimes
to begin painting a mural on the outside of the factory, a job that he continued until his death 11 years later. The result, entitled "Hog Heaven", depicts a pastoral wonderland
, clearly a prime destination for any visiting out of town porcine rube. Surely one of the world's largest murals, the work stretches around the entire square cityblock worth of slaughterhouse
, and (legend has it) is so large that not unlike the Golden Gate bridge, no sooner is it done being painted than the painter must begin touching it up all over again.
posted by jonson
on Aug 6, 2006 -
One might think that in today's world of cell phones, text messaging and the Internet, you shouldn't write off ham radio
just yet. Not only can Morse code be faster than text messaging
, but when when you need it most, you can still communicate with the world
[PDF]. If you're lucky, and the conditions are right, you might be able to chat with operators hundred of miles away thanks to tropospheric ducting
. There's more to ham radio than just the old chatter, though: you can use the ham radio bands to operate radio-controlled planes, send and receive TV
[PDF] (sort of), wirelessly connect to networks
, or talk with astronauts
posted by Godbert
on Aug 1, 2006 -
Welcome To IOTA NA-178 Mission Control On behalf of IOTA Ham operators WorldWide, the SouthEast Farallon Island - Project NA-178 HAMS HELPING HABITATS project (conducted by K6VVA & K9AJ) will assist the Farallon National Wildlife Refuge ("The Refuge") by transporting materials and equipment via helicopter from the mainland for an important habitat restoration project on SouthEast Farallon Island ("SEFI"), as well as the return of old unwanted infrastructure water pipe from the Island for disposal.
If you thought Eco-tourism was passe, try a DX
! Of course hams
have also put their personal concerns aside for other things, such as helping provide emergency communications during natural disasters
One thing you might not realize is our penchant for broadband Internet via BPL (Broadband over Power Lines) may interfere
with this hobby of radio enthusiasts.
posted by jackspace
on Feb 15, 2006 -
Fancy way to build a satellite -- spend millions of dollars hiring engineers to carefully construct your orbital gem
, then millions more on a massive rocket
to loft it into space. BORING. Easy way to build a satellite -- shove a radio into a spacesuit and toss it off a space station. Meet SuitSat 1.
posted by eriko
on Jan 26, 2006 -