. Thane Heins
, who named his invention after a Greek word meaning an action that "has the opposite effect to that intended," has perhaps created a...perpetual motion machine. His 20-year obsession
has broken up his marriage and lost him custody of his two young daughters. Contraption stumps MIT
professor. Is it a hysteresis brake
? Or a scam. YOU decide.
posted by wallstreet1929
on Feb 9, 2008 -
There is no word on whether IHOP has asked the Vatican to shift the timing of Lent.
As mentioned previously
, today is not only Super Tuesday, but also Fat Tuesday, otherwise known as Mardi Gras, Shrove Tuesday, or...International Pancake Day
. IHOP is not a happy camper that the biggest payday in its calendar (when it admittedly not only gives away free pancakes but raises money for charity in the process) has to compete with our pesky American democracy. As they say in their press release: “Super Tuesday, set for February 5, 2008, encroaches upon the centuries-old celebration of Pancake Day, traditionally held the Tuesday preceding Lent to rid iceboxes of forbidden dairy products.”
So it decided to thumb its nose at the Catholics and declare next Tuesday "National Pancake Day
," even though it's during Lent, which defeats the entire purpose. Except for those whose religion's highest priority is the consumption of free pancakes.
posted by ericbop
on Feb 5, 2008 -
is a portal for serialized web novels, similar to web comic portals such as Buzz Comix
and Top Web Comics
, if not nearly as fancy. It is a new project by Tales of MU
author Alexandra Erin
. Note: Tales of MU and some of the novels found on Pages Unbound may be NSFW, as they contain explicit material of various sorts. MU, specifically, is concerned with LGBT issues and racism in a fantasy setting.
posted by Caduceus
on Dec 18, 2007 -
Open Yale Courses provides free and open access to seven introductory courses taught by distinguished teachers and scholars at Yale University:Astronomy, English, Philosophy, Physics, Political Science, Psychology, Religious Studies: a full set of class lectures produced in high-quality video, syllabi, suggested readings, and problem sets. [more inside]
posted by nickyskye
on Dec 14, 2007 -
Straight from the Department of Things Everybody But Me Probably Knew About Two Years Ago, it was only yesterday that I discovered the mind-boggling usefulness of the Amazon Filler Item Finder
, which allows you to enter the exact price of the item you need to pad your order up to $25.00 for free shipping. Happy postage-free holidays. [more inside]
posted by XQUZYPHYR
on Dec 4, 2007 -
"Trigger Happy is a book about the aesthetics of videogames — what they share with cinema, the history of painting, or literature; and what makes them different, in terms of form, psychology and semiotics. It’s offered under a CC license, for a limited time only. I’m not sure how limited that time will be, so grab it while it’s hot." [drm-free pdf]
posted by stavrosthewonderchicken
on Nov 22, 2007 -
is a new beta service offering free online language lessons. 11 languages available (each with 100 lessons). For English speakers there are lessons in French, German, Italian, Greek, Mandarin Chinese, Japanese, Russian, Brazilian Portuguese and Pig Latin. For Polish and Spanish speakers, lessons in English.
posted by nickyskye
on Nov 7, 2007 -
The New Pornographers of the '90s, the Sardinas released two fantastic albums full of mixtape fodder. Now everything they've got, including some live gems, is up online.
posted by klangklangston
on Sep 25, 2007 -
Sick of beef jerky? "Trade it in
" for a dark chocolate oatmeal cookie. Yes, it's a promo from Kashi, but at least their email is opt-in instead of opt-out. And they're mailing out free cookies, bless their souls.
posted by ericbop
on Sep 5, 2007 -
"The [textbook] industry charges outrageous prices for new textbooks while simultaneously doing everything it can to make older versions unusable or obsolete. There is simply no reason that a new calulus textbook should cost $157. The study of calculus, at least the type of calculus that most of us need to study in high school or undergraduate programs, has not changed significantly in decades." - Textbook Revolution.
posted by Blazecock Pileon
on Jul 24, 2007 -
Fuck Yuo I Am a Robot
are offering their album Compensator for the Accelerator for free download from their site. Infectious ass-shakin' Estonian electro-pop. Lyrics to track 2 NSFW, likewise sleeve art jpgs if you opt for the .zip download. You can sample one of the tracks, Hydraulic
, on YouTube if you don't know them and would like to check them out first, though personally I can't get enough of Zukunft
(direct mp3 link).
posted by nthdegx
on Jul 12, 2007 -
- Radiohead's OK Computer
covered by 12 modern artists. Free download.
posted by puddleglum
on Jul 11, 2007 -
on MetaFilter, "Free Energy" company Steorn
had scheduled a demonstration of their revolutionary, world-changing, physics-defying contraption Orbo to open today at London's Kinetica Museum
. But due to "intense heat" from camera lighting, their fake invention isn't working today. Here's the live web feed
of an empty box. Incidentally, it seems that the Steorn folks have allies in high - very high
posted by Optimus Chyme
on Jul 5, 2007 -
wants "to provide the world with free, useful music lessons, and a community based site to help back it all up." The site
contains hundreds of free video music lessons (often containing notation and/or tablature)
with a distinct focus on acoustic and bluegrass music, all taught by some pretty badass pickers (including the astonishingly good mandolin shredder Anthony Hannigan)
. There are also obligatory but very useful forums
. Takeaway: the whole thing is free and you don't have to register to watch the lessons.
posted by kosem
on Jun 29, 2007 -
A very big day for the Supreme Court. In Morse v. Fredrick
, the Court ruled that a school could suspend a child for holding up a "Bong HiTs for Jesus" banner. (Previous post here
). In Hein v. Freedom from Religion
, the Court held that taxpayers lacked standing to challenged Faith Based Initiatives (previous discussions
). In Wilke v. Robbins
, the Court held that land owners do not have Bivens claims if the federal government harasses landowners for easements. In FEC v. Wisconsin Right to Life
, the Court held that the portion of the campaign finance law which had blackout periods before elections on issue advocacy advertising was an unconstitutional restriction of speech (other
). This Thursday, the Justices will deliver their last opinions of the term, including a death penalty case
and the school assignment cases
. (Opinions are .pdfs)
posted by dios
on Jun 25, 2007 -
Andy Fraser, the man who wrote and played on 'All Right Now,' one of the great swaggering rock songs, talks about his music, sexuality and living with AIDS in this exhaustive interview
posted by jonmc
on May 22, 2007 -
Open Sourceware Consortium
"While MIT has pioneered the open courseware movement where many class materials are made freely available online, there's now an Open Courseware Consortium extending courses to dozens of universities and many thousands of courses." - Don Lancaster
posted by dragonsi55
on Apr 10, 2007 -
If you have a *.edu email address, you can now access the normally for-fee New York Times TimesSelect
service for free
, which gets you access to archived articles and special content.
posted by Blazecock Pileon
on Mar 13, 2007 -
The World Lecture Hall
is a compedium of links to open university materials. Some include lecture notes, text books and even video. The OCW
at MIT is probably the most well known but there are many universities that provide online access to course materials. Want to learn about medicine?
John Hopkin's kindly provides some popular courses (Cadaver not included). Notre Dame
provides a number of courses focused on the liberal arts. The University of Washington provides Computer Science and Engineering
courses. Tufts provides a potpourri of courses
, including dentistry.
posted by substrate
on Feb 24, 2007 -
is a neat site I found while looking for information on a classical piece I'm learning on guitar. It seems to predominantly cover classical music but also covers other genres. It has biographies, mp3s, sheet music and so on.
posted by substrate
on Feb 21, 2007 -
You've heard of ScummVM
, but harvest time is approaching in the field of reverse-engineered open source re-implementations
of other classic games too:
(Transport Tycoon), LinCity
(Sim City), Advanced Strategic Command
(Battle Isle), Freeciv
(Quake 3), Spring
(Total Annihilation), JJFFE
(Frontier First Encounters), Vega Strike
(Master of Orion), Pingus
(Warcraft II et al.), CloneKeen
(Commander Keen), Exult
(Ultima VII), FreeCNC
(Command & Conquer), REminiscence
(Panzer General), Pioneers
(Settlers of Catan), and Freedoom
posted by hoverboards don't work on water
on Feb 1, 2007 -