It's autumn, which means for some nerdy bike racers, it's cyclocross season
. Cyclocross is an off-road cycling discipline characterized by short, hard, intense racing
that requires skilled bike handling, running through mud
or sand, and quickly dismounting, carrying, and remounting your bike to navigate obstacles
. After all, sometimes, carrying your bike
is just faster than riding it
In Europe, cyclocross draws huge crowds despite terrible weather
, but it remains a niche sport in the United States
, though with increasing popularity
- perhaps it's because it's one of the few sports where rank amateurs
can closely mingle with (and race the same courses as) top professionals
With the 2013 UCI Cyclocross World Championships
to be held in Louisville, Kentucky
, its popularity and domestic appeal is expected to continue rising.
posted by entropone
on Nov 8, 2010 -
Five years ago, the dinosaurs of Ryan North's Dinosaur Comics
discussed writing a short story about a "Machine of Death" that would predict your fate. It sparked a forum discussion
, which snowballed into a book project
headed by North, Matthew Bennardo, and David Malki
to create an anthology of short stories about the Machine of Death. Stories were submitted*
, and illustrated
. Alas, no one was willing to publish an anthology that didn't feature Stephen King, Dave Eggers, Neil Gaiman or Nick Hornby. So they published
it themselves and set out a challenge for their fans: "We want Machine of Death to become a Number One bestseller [on amazon.com] for exactly one day — October 26." And it happened! Meanwhile
, unbeknownst to our heroes
, October 26 was also
the release date of a new book by a fellow called Glenn Beck (if you've not heard of him, a quick Google seems to indicate that he’s some sort of Ron Popeil-like infomercial huckster
). And he's not happy
about missing out on the #1 spot.
posted by alopez
on Oct 29, 2010 -
The Mexican memory game Loteria
illustrated using characters from the Star Wars universe. Click on a card to see it larger, along with its traditional counterpart.
posted by adamrice
on Sep 6, 2010 -
Robert Rodriguez's Machete
, starring the great character actor Danny Trejo, started as a joke trailer in the movie Grindhouse
. Now it's a real movie with a (NSFW) trailer of its own
posted by Bookhouse
on May 5, 2010 -
Who fights the powers of evil with the incandescent glory of light? Who rescues helpless athletes and utility workers across the Seattle metropolitan area? Who gets a 20-cop motorcade escort for his bad-ass customized Delorean? Why, it's America's newest super hero, Electron Boy! [more inside]
posted by Sublimity
on Apr 30, 2010 -
The Most Awesomest Thing Ever. The Most Awesomest Thing Ever is scouring the universe for the Most Awesomest Thing. Ever. By endlessly pitting two things against each other, we’ve created a stage set for destruction. You will battle, winners will emerge. Only the strongest shall reach the hallowed halls of the Most Awesomest.
posted by shakespeherian
on Apr 15, 2010 -
My Robot Friend
has just released a lovely video
for the acoustic version of 'Waiting' a song he made with Alison Moyet for his new album Soft-Core
. The video was created by Liam Stevens
. It was made using only paper, pen, and ink and took several months to complete. A true labour of love, and very good too.
posted by debord
on Apr 8, 2010 -
This isn't exactly breaking news, since it circled the writing utensil blog scene (I didn't even know there was one) in 2008, but check out the Uni-Ball Kuru Toga
. It's a mechanical pencil (only available in Japan and over the internet I believe) that automatically rotates it's lead for you. Here's some randomly-chosen, Google-acquired reviews of it: 1
. [more inside]
posted by DoublePlus
on Apr 7, 2010 -
Featuring Nellie McKay, Cyndi Lauper, Tori Amos, Martha Wainwright, Steve Earle, Annie Clark (St. Vincent), Kate Pierson (of the B-52s) and many others, Here Lies Love
is the result of a recent collaboration
between David Byrne
and Fatboy Slim.
22-tracks long, it tells the story of the Iron Butterfly, aka Imelda Marcos, first lady of the Philippines,
and her relationship with her childhood servant Estrella Cumpas. Its official release is April 6th, but until then you can listen to the whole thing on NPR Music.
The double-disc set will also feature a 120 page booklet and a DVD of historical footage. [more inside]
posted by Lutoslawski
on Mar 30, 2010 -
Watch the Oscar-nominated
animated film Logorama in its (glorious 16 minute, corporate-logo assaulting, nsfw
maniacal Ronald McDonald flaming queen Mr. Clean) entirety on Facebook
posted by WolfDaddy
on Feb 11, 2010 -
9 Countries was recorded on location in Indonesia, Thailand, Cambodia, Laos, Myanmar, Tibet, India, Egypt and Greece between October 2005 and March 2007 by Tom Compagnoni. What you hear has been entirely assembled from these field recordings, no additional samples used.
A mashup / sound-collage / ambient / documentary album by Wax Audio
posted by flatluigi
on Dec 21, 2009 -
Maximum Reich is Q2's first multiplatform, multimedia-rich festival celebrating the iconic composer, Steve Reich. Complete with archival interviews stretching back 30 years, live concerts, an Eight Days of Steve blog, hosted segments with Nadia Sirota, an exclusive download of Dance Patterns, and Steve Reich himself, it promises to be quite the ride.
For the next week, Q2, the new music stream from WQXR, is celebrating the life and work of Steve Reich.
posted by Lutoslawski
on Dec 10, 2009 -