The town of Rjukan, Norway (Google Maps)
lies in a valley that does not receive direct sunlight for almost half the year. The municipality has recently attacked this problem by using computer-controlled mirrors that reflect sunlight into town. Despite some initial opposition, some quite vehement, most of the town's inhabitants seem won over by their newfound access to sunshine
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posted by en forme de poire
on Jan 3, 2014 -
- "singer, writer, composer, punk rocker, poet, Radiator, Pogue"
- passed away from esophageal cancer on October 8th, far too young at only 56. He was most widely known as the Pogues’ rhythm guitarist, who penned
"Thousands Are Sailing
", a haunting ballad about Irish immigration to the USA that quickly became a live favourite (in later shows usually sung by Phil himself
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posted by Skybly
on Oct 18, 2013 -
I kept going out with the rescue workers and one day we came upon this scene that was so sad that the rescue workers gave me a vest to cross the police line. I shot the scene a bunch of different ways, but the way that worked best was just showing it from the front. These people were killed by one single bullet. The woman is far into her pregnancy. The hit man came in from the left-hand side of the car and fired a bullet into the man’s head when they were embracing and killed both of them.
The violence is really hard to show in a way that is humane. It is almost impossible to give any kind of dignity to the people that have died, because of how horribly they have been maimed. Taking pictures of those things, you feel like you are supporting what the narcos are doing because you are spreading out their message of horror. So I really became obsessed with making a picture that was intimate – while still showing violence – and encompassed humanity and dignity. I wanted to give these people a story.
posted by barnacles
on Mar 25, 2012 -
The Saddest Movie in the World
(starring Ricky Schroeder) has been used to make people cry in scientific studies, as we recently discussed
, and the runner-up
sad movie starred a famous animated deer. The scientific list of saddest (and most amusing
, and scariest
, and most disgusting
) is now 16 years old, so Slate wants to update it
. Their current suggestions to make people cry are these scenes from Finding Nemo
, Dancer in the Dark
, and Mystic River
, but they are looking for others. Perhaps from the AV Club's films too disturbing to watch twice
? [Warning: sad scenes are sad, gross scenes gross, scary scenes scary, and the funny one amusingish]
posted by blahblahblah
on Aug 1, 2011 -
Caring about something is about taking the pain and the joy. The pain is hard. Taking the pain, facing it, dealing with it are the ways I think we can show we really care. That we know we care.
, the story of a dog.
posted by Gator
on Sep 18, 2010 -
The record has finally been set for an Onion article (video, actually)
to turn into real life.
It's now a real game. You can download it.
time: about 1 day.
The subject is MMORPGS (pronounced 'more pigs') and how popular they are.
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posted by Miles Long
on Jun 11, 2008 -
What I Killed Today. I work with a lot of injured wildlife. Also not wild animals that are just in a lot of pain. Sometimes I have to euthanize them. I decided to record each animal I euthanize here.
posted by monju_bosatsu
on Dec 9, 2007 -
Saved By Jesus!
Incrediable story out of the Arizona desert. I just feel really bad for the kid in all this. And wonder how both sides of the immigration debate will handle this.
posted by ShawnString
on Nov 23, 2007 -
The great-grandfather could walk six miles to go fishing; the grandfather could walk a mile to go to the woods; the son can't go more than 300 yards from his house. How children lost the right to roam
, including a map illustrating the point.
posted by JDHarper
on Jun 15, 2007 -