"It's almost tragic that the most badass escaped slave story
most people know is Django Unchained. Because in real life, not only did slaves frequently escape, but they often did it without help from free whites, and without murdering several hundred people. Instead, what they had was cleverness and the audacity to try ridiculous plans that by all rights should never have worked." [SLCracked but a decent effort]
Back in September of 2011, a group of protesters from Defend Life, held a demonstration in front of Robert Frost Middle School in Rockville, MD
. The daughter of Todd Stave, the landlord for Reproductive Health Services
in Germantown, attends this school. Todd Stave, no stranger to having protests targeted at him, decided to fight back. He founded the group Voice of Choice
, to calmy call the people who call the homes of abortion providers and those with other connections to clinics. Their stated goal is to "[use] peaceful methods to neutralize those who use bullying tactics."
In 1990, the avenues of information we have today weren't around. So what was a baseball fan who wanted to know the score of a game elsewhere in the country to do? Compile a list of pay phone numbers at stadiums
and get the score from passers by who picked up
’Twas the nocturnal time of the preceding day...
A science writer's take on the famous Christmas poem.
A vigil was held today. Some clever social commenters posted an advertisement on Craigslist
today. Mourning the end of an enduring and important love story between two much beloved characters. [more inside]
Google vs. China, Round 2!
Starting today, Google has redirected google.cn
to their other
Chinese search engine, google.com.hk
. Will China be forced to block access to their own domains? Will Hong Kong, home to widespread political protest
, be further segregated from the mainland? For the benefit of Western audiences, Google has made a page for us see what's getting blocked
Cyriak's Animation Mix
is the work of a quite talented yet somewhat twisted mind.
Duelity - the beginning in two parts
The Vancover Film School does a really cool visual retelling of creation.
The 'biblical' version with a science edge.
The 'evolution' version with a biblical edge.
And you can watch them both at the same time!
Max Dohle's Stapelgedichten
is a simple concept. Stack up some books, take a picture: a poem is born. Most are in Dutch, but there are some English ones as well
dlog is a new document visualization system that attempts to show writing not as a static document but a progression of frames over time.
I find the suspense of the process mesmerising/delightful. I'm surprised it hasn't been trashed.
How Advertising Spoiled Me
is a blog showcasing mainly magazine & billboard advertising from around the world, with pieces selected based on their inventiveness/cleverness. If you're offended by advertising, you might want to skip this post.
Yes, it's another Snakes on a Plane promo
but this one is different: it's fucking awesome. Drop in your friends name (hopefully it's semi-normal and they have it in the db), then fill out some info about your friend, then have it place a call to them. Watch friend freak out when Samuel L. Jackson calls them up and knows all sorts of shit about them. Trust me, it totally freaked me out when someone did it to me today.
I'm a huge fan of clever unintended uses for things, and loloroy's favorites
reuses a page/interface I've seen hundreds of times before in a cute way. It may take a second to figure out, but should be worth it [via tmn
- Rewind the rhythm of life
, find the purpose
of evolution? First link direct to Quicktime, second to lyrics, third to lauding press release
Nova Science Now
recently ran a segment on lightning (quicktime, real, and windows video here
). I figured that subject was over and done with shortly after Franklin flew a kite, but it turns out we don't really know exactly what causes a bolt to start
. The coolest part of the segment was these researchers in Florida
. Scientists know how hard it was to observe, monitor, and even find lightning bolts, so these guys built their own rig. High-powered model rockets attached to a couple thousand feet of wire, which is grounded to larger metal structures on the ground. The result? Shoot a rocket into a storm cloud and you get instant lightning you can count on, measure, and control
Harry Frankfurt's "On Bullshit" One of the most salient features of our culture is that there is so much bullshit. Everyone knows this. Each of us contributes his share. But we tend to take the situation for granted.... I propose to begin the development of a theoretical understanding of bullshit, mainly by providing some tentative and exploratory philosophical analysis.