Last year, the outdoor equipment retailer REI announced its stores will remain closed on Black Friday. It's doing it again this year, and they're paying their employees for the day and encouraging them to spend it outside. For everyone else, 13 states are waiving admission fees at some or all of their state parks, joining 9 states that have free basic admission every day.
The Big Fun Glossary: “Big Fun began its life as the home of the Malvern Girls, three young adults from the Philadelphia Suburbs. From its initial disastrous housewarming and continuing on through the worst winter on record and into a spring infested with ticks, flies and cicadas, Big Fun, a stately yellow farmhouse in rural Central Virginia, saw many interesting sights: impromptu punk rock concerts, Dextromethorphan chug-fests, Nomadic Festivals, nazi skinheads, and (most importantly) record alcohol consumption. Like most tight social groups, Big Fun had its own language, history and collection of in-jokes. This website is designed to grant you access to the inner workings of this remarkable youth culture as it actually functioned in the mid-90s.” [more inside]
Emma Munger's Men of Twin Peaks Pinup project are ready to wish your sweetheart a saucy and studly Valentine’s Day! (SLTumblr)
Manyland is a massively multiplayer 2D sandbox HTML5 ungame where players collaboratively build the universe one 19*19 pixel block at a time. Draw (and script!) your own art assets, or just wander around enjoying the sprawling technicolor melange. [via mefi projects]
Start Your Own Currency - "In the Catalonia region of Spain, a restaurant and a community garden are part of an experiment in alternative cash--they are accepting a home-grown currency called the Eco as well as the Euro." [viz. gated article (Google link), cf. The Wörgl Experiment]
Last week, small press distributor Independent Publishers Group (IPG) announced that Amazon has decided to stop selling Kindle editions for the publishers IPG represents. The decision impacts over 500 small publishers and almost 5,000 Kindle titles. Neither party has offered much in the way of specifics, but other publishers have been reporting that Amazon has been pressuring them to offer higher discounts and/or pay a “co-op” fee of an additional 3%-4% on all sales to cover the cost of offering “automation and personalization” services (i.e. Customers who bought x also bought y). Authors and publishers have been reacting to the development.
With the growing popularity of backyard chickens, some people are raising the art of the coop to a new level.
American Worker Cooperatives: a library, resource centre, startup guide, and map of over 200 industrial cooperatives. [via mefi projects]
In a possible sign of things to come, a group of Ontario grocery chain franchisees has split off and formed an independent co-op in order to better access locally-sourced food.