Before he was announced as the 12th incarnation of The Doctor (previously
), Peter Capaldi was probably best known for his turn as the foul-mouthed spin doctor Malcolm Tucker
in Armando Iannucci's political satire The Thick of it
. But, as The Guardian handily illustrates – via a collection of some of Capaldi's best moments over the past 30 years – there's much more
to Peter Capaldi than his ability to turn swearing into a creative artform. [more inside]
posted by Len
on Aug 5, 2013 -
Are you having a hard time finding local cats in your area? Do you wish there was a way to connect instantly with one online, at any time? Now you can!
With Adult Cat Finder
, you're never more than one click away from chatting with a hot, local cat in your area!
posted by Potomac Avenue
on Mar 7, 2013 -
represents and reflects the most misunderstood and misrepresented place and people in all of America." In this series of calmly paced, short documentaries featuring profiles, atmosphere, landscape, and interviews, filmmakers Steve Rogers
and Ryan Bott
travel 21 counties to capture some of the true character and cultural nuance of the Garden State. [more inside]
posted by Miko
on Sep 12, 2011 -
Davis, California is a small town by almost any measure, yet is home to one of the busiest local wikis in the world.
The Davis Wiki chronicles the mundane
and the bizarre
, but also serves more practical information, such as lunch specials, housing guides, news events
, and the hours of the local bike collective
. In recognition of the outstanding success of the Davis Wiki, the founders were recently awarded a $350,000 grant to develop their Local Wiki software
for more general application, including intensive development of wikis in a number of pilot communities. Many communities already have a wiki,
though only a few have really taken off; with luck and a bit of a kickstart, the experience
of the Davis Wiki founders can be applied to make this invaluable resource available in more cities.
posted by kaibutsu
on Jul 29, 2010 -
In September of 2004, a Superior Court in Washington state ruled the state's 1998 "Defense of Marriage" act unconstitutional
, a ruling which would have allowed the state to issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples. In 2006, the state Supreme Court issued in an opinion in Andersen v. King County
overturning the lower court's ruling, noting "that our decision [pdf]
is not based on an independent
determination of what we believe the law should be." The legislature, in response, created the state-registered domestic partnership
in 2007, expanding many (but not all) marriage-related rights to same-sex couples. Last month, a new law expanded the partnership
to cover the remaining rights, creating an "all-but-marriage" partnership.
This year, the Washington Values Alliance has filed Referendum 71
, which would put this expansion to a ballot vote. The referendum will need 120,000 signatures to make it to the ballot. WhoSigned.org intends to make these signatures searchable
, this is creating some controversy
. [more inside]
posted by 0xFCAF
on Jun 2, 2009 -
Everyblock has launched.
It's local news culled from (any and all available) services, including photos, news, restaurant inspections, classified ads, and civic announcements. Sounds pretty dry, but looking at my old neighborhood in San Francisco
, there's a wealth of hyperlocal information that you can't get in one place. They're currently in three major metro areas of the US with many more to come -- their launch announcement
has more. This site was spearheaded by Adrian Holovaty
, a pioneer of the intersection between journalism and computer science, and winner of a $1million grant
last year to build such sites.
posted by mathowie
on Jan 23, 2008 -
In the grand scheme of things, eating locally grown food may be more important than eating organically grown foods. To help you reach that goal, there's 100-Mile Diet
, a blog that deals with the benefits and pitfalls of trying to eat only foods grown locally; The Eating Well Guide
, which will help you find markets, restaurants, etc. that go along with the sustainable foodthink; and Local Harvest
, which will help you find local and
organically grown food sources. (PS. Now's probably the time to start signing up for your favorite CSA
posted by Dave Faris
on Apr 12, 2007 -
the new urban jungle
. . . is a growing movement led by cities like San Francisco
, New York
, and Leiden
to restore active and vibrant natural systems in urban areas. Far from the eden-like depictions of nature of yesteryear, i.e. the garden of earthly delights
(nonetheless, still attracting some dynamic new christian converts
), the movement has morphed into today's backyard and grassroots environmental movement which is more and more a picture of hybridity, compromise, mixed-use, and ultimately, taking nature out of the walled islands of zoos, aquaria, national parks and other thick-walled institutions and offering a different kind of everyday "unmediated"
community experience with the new urban wilderness
posted by huckhound
on Jul 6, 2006 -
a couple of weeks ago there was a post
about what life was like in your area of the world. The idea led some enterprising person to create a website
built for the same purposes using the original questions. Seems like a cool way to read about far away
places from real people. It's not too full yet, but I'm sure that will change soon enough.
posted by rhyax
on Aug 12, 2002 -
"Tooonight, we're going to have A TERRRRIBLE time! Boo ha ha ha ha,"
Sammy Terry used to say, and he was usually right, because he'd then show a movie like "The Monolith Monsters" or "The Tingler." Unless you grew up in Southern Indiana, you probably never heard of Sammy Terry. He was the local host of all B-horror movies, like Elvira only cornier (if that's possible!). His "cohost" was a rubber spider, dangling on a string. And his costume included dishwasher gloves (look closely at the picture). Of course, this being the Internet, someone has a created a Sammy Terry fan site: here
. Did anyone else grow up with wacky local shows? I'm not even gonna talk about "Cowboy Bob" and "Janie."
posted by grumblebee
on Jan 15, 2002 -
is a little ski resort about twenty minutes up the road from me... it's quiet during the winter, and a great date in the summer ...and aside from it's eponymous (and off-site) film festival, who would have guessed that it was so famous
? Do you have any local favorites in your neck of the woods... places that are surprising local hotspots (a la "a prophet in his own country")?
posted by silusGROK
on Aug 28, 2001 -
If you're lucky, it's not too late to sign up with a Community Supported Agriculture (?
) program in your area. Imagine getting more fresh, often organic, locally-grown produce
(of sorts familiar and un-) each week from late spring through fall than you probably eat in a month! Some friends did this in college and I was thrilled to find a farm near me this year. Is there one near you
posted by sudama
on Mar 23, 2001 -