Lou Rawls dies
You'll never find... A "velvety baritone" like Lou Rawls, who died Friday of lung cancer at Cedars-Sinai in LA. He moved with his mother from Chicago in the 1950s, was a friend of Sam Cooke, and sang the National Anthem at Game 2 of the 2005 World Series in Chicago
. Rawls sang with Sam Cooke
, was awarded three Grammys, sold one platinum and five gold albums. He said: There are no limits to music, so why should I limit myself
posted by SeeAych4
on Jan 6, 2006 -
What have you told your children about Muhammad Ali?
"I was frequently left with tingling all over because I had been in the presence of such a great man
and still humbled by his compassion, tolerance and understanding." Inspired by this weekend's airing by ESPN Classic of most of Tyson's
fights, I started thinking about the difference between these two men. Ali obviously transcended his sport and has become more
than just a boxer while Tyson is clearly a lost and troubled soul
. And yet Tyson's story still inspires
statement that "What someone is, begins to be revealed when his talent abates, when he stops showing us what he can do" is perfectly illustrated by the twilight years of these two legendary boxers.
posted by spicynuts
on Nov 27, 2005 -
Athletes... Steroids... blah blah blah.. Only this time it's the pigeons
. Poor birds.
posted by Lizc
on Nov 11, 2004 -
is a nonprofit that's working to reform the presidential debate
process for the american election. they have some pretty big names on their board from across the political spectrum, including john b. anderson
, angela "bay" buchanan
, and randall robinson
From the website:
Currently, the presidential debates are secretly controlled by the major parties, through the private bipartisan corporation called the Commission on Presidential Debates, resulting in the stultification of format, the exclusion of popular candidates, and the avoidance of pressing national issues.
The major party candidates never pay a political price for their antidemocratic practices; posing as an independent sponsor, the Commission on Presidential Debates shields the major party candidates from public criticism and public accountability.
posted by christy
on May 26, 2004 -
Violet Books catalogs Antiquarian Supernatural Literature
, including literary ghost stories, Victorian science fiction, Yellow Nineties Decadence, H. Rider Haggard & haggardesque "Lost Race" novels
, Marie Corelli & other occult romancers, Rafael Sabatini & Jeffery Farnol & all vintage swashbuckling historical romances, Yukon adventures, jungle tales, Sax Rohmer & all weird thrillers
, classic detectives
, vintage children's & young adult fantasies & series books
, vintage westerns
, and all things old, fictional, adventurous, and weird. Make sure to check for the titles that have dustjacket scans.
posted by Pinwheel
on Dec 15, 2003 -
An article in the Independent newspaper
reports that pests have started thriving on poisons genetically implanted in crops.
It seems that before, the organic pesticide used, was effective because it was only sprayed occasionally (once or twice a year) and the pests didn't have time to develop resistance.
With the pesticide being accessible throughout the whole crop-cycle, the pests have adapted, and now thrive on the poison, which they now regard as a food source, growing even larger than normal, and rendering a weapon in the arsenal against pests, entirely ineffective.
posted by Blue Stone
on Apr 18, 2003 -
How to Speak and Write Postmodern
. Here is an etymology of the word postmodern
--it begins with Walter Toynbee. Who'd athunk? All of this comes from Contemporary Philosophy, Critical Theory and Postmodern Thought
. The names lead not to essays but thorough links pages, like Ludwig Wittgenstein
or Edmund Husserl
. All the usual suspects are here--your Adorno, Baudrillard and the infamous Frankfurt School. *spooky ghost voice* Whoo-oo-oo! */spooky ghost voice*
Well, there is Edward Said, but that one confuses me--I mean I read Edmund Husserl, and he, sir, is no Edmund Husserl. He actually makes sense. Which is more than I can say for Edmund Husserl. And it's all one huge page so you can scroll on down. Even I can do that. Hope I didn't brain my damage!
To trump the smarty-pants who's going to link the Postmodernism Generator, I'm upping the ante--here's your Postmodern Mr. T
. Hey man, This time we're gonna do it my way!
posted by y2karl
on Feb 21, 2003 -
3 Feb '03 Word of the Day: Blog.
Definition 1: A clipping of "weblog," blog is internet jargon for what is basically an online journal or diary. Yes, blogs are going mainstream.
Will businesses discover uses for blogs
& blog software? Will (mobile-phone) "moblogging"
catch on? This link says ...the first Web logs consisted largely of links to sites on the Internet that the author found interesting. Early bloggers were presurfing the Web for people, in a sense
[sound familiar?]. About 1999, as free software came on the scene -- making it easy to create Web logs -- the content began to shift. Blogs became more personal, less link-driven.
But what is a blog to you
? And what is the future of the "blogosphere"?
posted by Shane
on Feb 3, 2003 -
The Big Book of Sign Language (from rotten.com).
Have you ever wondered how to sign phrases such as "I shovel shit all day long", "I want to pull the shrieking voices from my head and smoosh them", and "Unlock my legs and get it over with"? The Big Book shows you how. Inappropriate? Yes. Hysterical? Yes. (Portions may not be safe for work. Link via Magnetbox
. Thanks, ben.)
posted by moz
on Jul 9, 2002 -
Australia and Europe incensed over U.S. lies on free trade
Bush: "The final provisions of the farm Bill are also consistent with America's international trade obligations, which will strengthen our ability to open foreign markets for American farm products".
In other words, free trade good when we sell to you, bad when you sell to us.
posted by magullo
on May 3, 2002 -
The tendency toward euphemism
, catchwords, bites and labels displacing description of uniquicity. Battles of rhetorical titans!
posted by semmi
on Apr 18, 2002 -
Who are the 100 greatest Scots of the 20th century? Vote, then come back here to post your choice, justify it, and discuss. (What is a "great Scot" anyway?)
posted by feckless
on Sep 5, 2001 -
, the South African writer, editor and anti-apartheid activist has died after succumbing to a two year illness. It feels right that MeFi too should mention it and pay its respect.. [...]
posted by Kino
on Aug 21, 2001 -
Move over Steve, iMovie just got some competition. The creative distiller creates the killer Shockwave app. that lets you edit and create your own movies using old Japanese monster films.
posted by Brilliantcrank
on Jul 6, 2001 -
A car that makes sense?
Fully street and highway legal, it is small, electric, quiet, and inexpensive. You can park in all sorts of places, and since the door is on the right side, you can exit to the sidewalk. And it looks like something.
posted by tranquileye
on Jun 21, 2001 -
Park Wars Released
See the kids of South Park fight like Jedi Knights. Quicktime required and big downloads but there is a streaming link. Sweeeet.
posted by jordanbrock
on Mar 16, 2001 -
HIJACK!! Hehe... You'd think they'd have addressed this problem a long time ago with pilots being named Jack...
posted by PWA_BadBoy
on Oct 25, 2000 -
I'm not sure whether I'll actually use it, but the :CueCat Reader
that Wired Magazine
sent me for free is pretty neat. It is essentially a scanner that plugs into my computer and can "read" URLs in special bar-codes on ads or any UPC or ISBN. I scanned my thesaurus and a box of paper clips. Simple things ...
posted by quirked
on Sep 14, 2000 -