Footballing History was made last night when France striker Karim Benzema scored against Honduras. Due to the position of the Honduran Goalkeeper, it was impossible to tell if the ball had crossed the line, and the goal line technology was called into action and controversially gave a goal.
We join the action in the quarter finals
, where the line up is as follows: Croatia v Spain, Bosnia v Italy, Brazil v Argentina, and Belgium v Chile, in The Guardian's World Cup of World Cup 2014 songs, as voted for by Guardian readers.
BBC re-reports: Fifa is facing fresh allegations of corruption
over its controversial decision to award the 2022 World Cup to Qatar.
The Sunday Times has obtained millions of secret documents - emails, letters and bank transfers - which it alleges are proof that the disgraced Qatari football official Mohamed Bin Hammam made payments totalling US$5m (£3m) to football officials in return for their support for the Qatar bid.
Cuttlefish: Kings of Camouflage
– (SLYT HD 53:26) PBS NOVA, April 2007. Wikipedia article
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Dial a Trade
(link to charming You Tube documentary) is an AM version of a flea market
out of Rogers, Arkansas. You might be able to listen to it occasionally on this
the subtext of the London Skyline through a journey
down the Thames with Caryl Phillips
and an exquisite photographer
and comedian A Wolfe
writes a compelling piece
on education, poverty, and shame.
Mike Tompkins uses his "voice and mouth"
(not to mention a teensy bit of post production) to cover well known pop songs. Whilst obviously far, far from
the first to do this sort of thing,
his videos - Coldplay's Paradise
and Adele's Rolling in the Deep
, for example - are perhaps unusually polished affairs, and make much of his facial expressiveness
, which apparently comes from his involvement in theatre at an early age
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Judy is a Punk
by the The Sullivan School Kindergarten Class
I’m Jonathan Klinger and I’m spending one full year driving a 1930 Model A everywhere I go. (Starting October 13, 2010) Why? Because not everything a person owns should contain a computer. 365 days of A
As undeniably great as the golden age Motown studio musicians
were, and as indisputably funky and creative as the arrangements
were, you still have to think that maybe it would've been a good idea to release some of The Temptations
amazing vocal group artistry in unaccompanied form. Maybe as B-sides or something. Well, that never happened back in the day, as far as I know, but we are extremely fortunate now to be able to hear a capella versions of many of the Tempts biggest hits, in stunningly impressive and thoroughly enjoyable unaccompanied renditions: Runaway Child Running Wild
, Just My Imagination
, Papa Was a Rolling Stone
, Ball of Confusion
, Get Ready
and Cloud Nine
. And folks, there's more a capella from the Tempts and other Motown acts floating around on the Tubes out there, so feel free to link to them in the thread, cause, you know, I Ain't Too Proud To Beg
Nokia's new ARG ad campaign
seems to be co-opting activism for marketing. Written by Tim Kring
infamy. There's a good summary here
. Strangely they managed to troll The Pirate Bay
into a response and the bassist from Suede
is doing the blog!
Be forewarned, the sound quality isn't the best. But for a dose of pure surreality strong enough to turn your socks into melted Dada timepieces, try mixing "Weird Al" Yankovic
on accordion with the Presidents of the United States, performing a (non-parody) cover of Boston's "More Than a Feeling" (SLYT)
. (via Dave Dederer's Reddit interview)
Pilgrim Productions Presents: Voices Across America,
an archive of gospel music in a variety of genres, submitted for free play and download by church groups and folk and traditional groups across the country and beyond. Style, age, and quality vary greatly, but fans of noncommercial music will enjoy hunting for the gems of blues, Cajun, bluegrass, choral, shapenote, country, vintage, and mountain gospel and more.
Yet another Thriller cover.
One man. 64 channels of a cappella. SLYT
Talk about plastic accumulating in the North Pacific gyre has popped up on
for quite a while now. Vice is running a series on the state of the gyre
, as part of their "Toxic Series"
Given the fact that most plastics are not biodegradable, we need to start looking more carefully at how much damage we are doing to ourselves through our use of plastic, and what we can do about it
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David A. Wilson
, descendant of slaves, traced his family tree back to North Carolina
, where he met David B. Wilson
, descendant of the slave owners. "Meeting David Wilson"
is the documentary that resulted. [more inside]
The Annals of Improbable Research
magazine is available in two free
online formats. Tagline: Research the makes people LAUGH and then THINK.
Visit some of the site's classics
or simply check out the newest members
in the Luxuriant Flowing Hair Club for Scientists
. Hours and hours of brain stimulating fun.
When you care enough to send the very best.
Has your friend lost their hair to chemotherapy? Suffered a miscarriage? Admitted their powerlessness over cocaine? Come out of the closet? Why waste time crafting your own words to express yourself. Send one of the new Hallmark greeting cards
for the low, low price of $2.29 - $2.99
in real life), author of the 13 books in "A Series of Unfortunate Events
, has now released the album A Tragic Treasury [Sound]
in which he plays
. The CD also features Stephin Merritt
, with whom Handler was in the band called The Magnetic Fields
. Handler is touring the country
to plug the album and latest book
. [via NPR
What does everyone called Gary Smith, John Williams or Robert Johnson
have in common with Saddam Hussein, the Speaker of the Parliament of Lebanon, the President of Bolivia, and the dead 9/11 hijackers?
They're on the No-Fly List
, that's what, even if they're babies.
But the 11 British suspects recently charged with plotting to blow up airliners with liquid explosives were not on it, despite the fact they were under surveillance for more than a year. They were deliberately left off the list. in case it fell into the wrong hands
New Line drops the SOAP today.
After months of gags, comments, and speculation, the most-talked-about movie of the year, and one of the largest epidemics of viral marketing in film history, opens in theatres. So is the movie actually good? AICN says so
. Rotten Tomatoes says so
. And Samuel L. Jackson... let's let him speak for himself
. And if you don't like it, go make your own
US Census 2000
data displayed through maps
[more inside] Warning: some pages render funny, but
usable, under Firefox 18.104.22.168.
The Foundation For A Better Life.
A non-profit, non-partisan, non-religious, organization that doesn't want your money, but that simply believes, "the values we live by are worth more when we pass them on
." What kind of values? Strength
. Hard Work
, Class & Courage
, and more. Their billboards
and TV ads
are all around, but if you're like me, you probably had trouble figuring out who they were from...