When can I spot the Space Station? The International Space Station can easily be spotted with the naked eye. Because of its size (110m x 100m x 30m) it reflects very much sunlight.
This simple tool will tell you all of the opportunities you can view the ISS over the next ten days, along with a brightness index and a map tracing its transit across your local sky. The red line shows where the ISS is sunlit and visible. On the blue line the ISS is in the Earth's shadow and invisible or it is less than 10° above the horizon. [more inside]
posted by not_on_display
on Feb 16, 2014 -
Channel C WISC
is a YouTube channel where UW-Madison undergrads from China talk about the experience of being Chinese at a big public American university, with the aim of both helping newly arrived international students understand what's going on around them, and helping American students have some sense of what's going on with their Chinese classmates. Videos include "Why Chinese Students Don't Party,"
, "Chinese Names,"
, "Pretty Chinese Women"
, "Who are the Chinese Second Generation Rich?"
, "Why Chinese Students Don't Speak English,"
and many more.
posted by escabeche
on Nov 1, 2013 -
lifted the FA Cup as skipper of Oxford University, represented them at five different sports ranging from athletics to real tennis, and once shared a 150-run partnership with WG Grace in the highest level of cricket.
His most notable achievement was captaining England in the first ever international football match though. About 4,000 spectators, including a "large number of ladies", gathered to watch the historic game against Scotland at the West of Scotland Cricket Club in Partick on 30 November 1872."
posted by marienbad
on Aug 21, 2013 -
, the ever-excellent radio show / podcast based out of Chicago, have embarked on a 'world tour'. With the aid of a local musician or journalist, each episode covers the history of modern music in a certain country. They look at what's new and exciting in both the mainstream and underground as well as what foreign music is cracking the market. So far the tour has touched down in Mexico
, and Greg & Jim are encouraging feedback on where they should go next. [more inside]
posted by mannequito
on Aug 7, 2013 -
"I started the World SF Blog in February of 2009
– a century in Internet time! – partly as an excuse to promote my then-forthcoming anthology of international speculative fiction, The Apex Book of World SF – but mostly out of what can only be described as an ideological drive, a desire to highlight and promote voices seldom heard in genre fiction... The change I have seen in the four years of the blog is heartening. In a way, I have decided to stop now because the blog has fulfilled everything I ever wanted it to, and so much more." - Lavie Tidhar. The World SF Blog leaves behind 61 short stories and a serialized novella
by authors from 33 countries, plus exclusive interviews
, articles, guest posts and round tables
(on WP.com where it's likely to stay up for a while)
posted by oneswellfoop
on Jun 19, 2013 -
Since the end of March, the Wall Street Journal's
new Middle East Real Time
blog has written about Turkey's "unstoppable" export boom in soap operas
, Saudi Arabia's "life after jihad" rehab program
, the persistence of obviously fraudulent bomb detectors across Iraq
, YouTube branding discussions among Syrian rebel factions
, a rising media star Sunni cleric in Lebanon
, a post-revolutionary Cairo arts festival
, and attempts to overcome conservative objections and change the Saudi Thursday-Friday weekend to match the rest of the business world
. Previous non-paywalled WSJ
Real Time blogs include Korea
, Emerging Europe
posted by mediareport
on May 9, 2013 -
Amnesty International’s 'Security with Human Rights' campaign has just released a short film called Hooded
. It is a powerful reminder that torture is barbaric and never justifiable. Just two minutes long, this film uses a unique approach by marrying abstract images with intense sound design to convey the auditory and visual experiences associated with torture. It's a disturbing but gripping film that demonstrates the shocking effects of torture techniques such as water boarding and "hooding".
posted by flapjax at midnite
on Jul 2, 2012 -
", which won the 2012 Eurovision Song Contest (previously
), is a #1 in several countries, including Ireland
, and Switzerland
Of course, it's not the only song charting internationally that you might never hear on US radio. It should come as no surprise that one can readily find international hits online.
For instance -
Sweden, #4: Panetoz - Dansa Pausa
Sweden, #9: Mange Makers - Drick Den
This doesn't purport to be an exhaustive list, but rather a jumping-off point. [more inside]
posted by LSK
on Jun 13, 2012 -
Sure, the follies of art-speak are easy to laugh at, but often criticism of it begins and ends with a dismissive chuckle – which ignores profounder problems. Why should academic terminology be the default vehicle for discussing art? Why is there such an emphasis on newness, schism and radicality? Even when the art itself may be enjoyably throwaway, language pins it to deathlessly auratic registers of exchange. This suggests a subliminal fear that, if the subject in question is not talked up as Big and Culturally Significant, then the point of fussing over it in the first place might be called into question, bringing the whole house of cards tumbling down
- Dan Fox, the associate editor of frieze magazine, discusses the contemporary art scene in detail.
posted by The Whelk
on Apr 12, 2012 -
The International Man:
"My mission is very simple: To find the 'Rolls-Royces' of every category listed on this website on the Internet to help you avoid wasting your time and make it your useful and indispensable lifestyle and luxury resource." [more inside]
posted by whimsicalnymph
on Feb 16, 2012 -
of international adoptions, from the superlative Schuster Institute
for Investigative Journalism. The site contains an amazing amount of information about corruption in international adoption in countries like Nepal
posted by the young rope-rider
on Apr 19, 2011 -
Raw Music International
is a prospective television series about music from around the world that would usually escape the attention of folk not living in the middle of it. The first episode has already been shot in Kenya, and the folk behind it are currently trying to get it funded. But until it gets broadcast, we can read their accounts of going out and recording the hip-hop
and more trad-ish
music of Kisumu. If you're interested in THE MUSIC AND NOTHING BUT THE MUSIC, head over to their Soundcloud page
posted by Dim Siawns
on Mar 24, 2011 -
Do not be alarmed if South Africans announce that they were held up by robots.
Aimed at warming the welcome for the 2012 Olympics tourist explosion, VisitBritain
, has released a number of helpful tips on being social, internationally. Prepping for Serious Business? You can visit Executive Planet
and learn all about being courteous across the world. And here are some reasonable solutions for your 112 gripes about the French
). [more inside]
posted by griphus
on Aug 11, 2010 -
Her Majesty's Ambassador to the People's Democratic Republic of Yemen Timothy Torlot
survived a suicide bomb attack
earlier this morning. The explosions which occurred approximately 800m from the British Embassy on Thaher Himiyar Street occurred at around 08.10 local time. Tim Torlot has been in the media
in recent months due to his somewhat surprising personal affairs – namely moving his pregnant mistress into the official residence. To add flames to the fire Jennifer Steil - an American journalist has done what journalists do and written a memoir
covering her time in Yemen and the affair. This in a deeply conservative country where adultery is punishable with death by stoning and the human rights
record is poor
. Yemen is deemed a high risk country
and it is known the ambassador travels with an armed British Protection officer and an armed Yemeni Protection officer whenever he leaves the residence. Yemen recently namechecked
in the second Live leaders debate by the Prime Minister as another territory of concern will come under the spotlight once again.
posted by numberstation
on Apr 26, 2010 -
is a Spanish judge known for his cases on human right abuses by south american dictatorships under international law, specially the case
against Augusto Pinochet. Now, after admitting a case against abuses during Franco's Era, he is facing accusations by extreme right groups
of deliberately ignoring the Amnesty Law of 1977, possibly questionable under the same universal jurisdiction that gained him international renown. In a controversial decision, the case has been admitted
by the Spanish Supreme Court, and so Garzón is facing the possibility of up to 20 years of suspension. [more inside]
posted by valdesm
on Apr 14, 2010 -
Blood and Milk
is the blog of international development worker and writer Alanna Shaikh
, who consults on global health development and writes for publications such as the UN Dispatch
. Her views, based both on her work in the field and her study & understanding of sociology, international relations, and other such subjects, tend to be contrary to most other opinions on international development: voluntourism isn't helpful
, development work is mired in a culture of nice
, don't bother starting an NGO
(or, if you will anyway, here's how to succeed
), global health doesn't need innovation
, and microfinance is a disappointment
. Also, here's how to tell if your health project is doomed
, and Haiti doesn't need your shoes
(some people vehemently disagree
). Educated well-researched iconoclast, or pessimistic Mary Contrary?
posted by divabat
on Feb 4, 2010 -
The Images of Eyes
Gallery exhibits images and paintings of eyes by international artists, featuring work from about 200 artists from Algeria to Zimbabwe. Gallery I
contains figurative paintings, oil and watercolor paintings, portraits, charcoal and ink drawings, lithographs, sculpture, digital, and other fine art content. Gallery II
exhibits nude paintings, so may be NSFW.
posted by netbros
on Oct 11, 2009 -
In 1886, Association Football adopted
a new tradition: "That all players taking part for England in future international matches be presented with a white silk cap with red rose embroidered on the front. These to be termed International Caps
posted by Wolfdog
on Oct 22, 2008 -
Pulitzer Center on Crisis Reporting
supports journalists covering dangerous areas and underreported issues on all continents except Antartica, as is shown by this handy Google map
showing all 45 projects
. Among the projects are Caucasus
, focusing on the easternmost part of Europe where just today conflict broke out, Scars and Stripes: Liberian Youth After the War
, The Soybean Wars
, about the booming demand for soybeans in South America, Alaska
, global warming and its effects on Alaskan glaciers, Understanding Iran
looks at ordinary Iranians, and Iraq: Death of a Nation? (Revisited)
. Links to stories are generally in sidebars on the left and right. The Pulitzer Center also has a blog called Untold Stroies
which is frequently updated and keeps tabs on all 45 projects as well as related events, such as the recent TED Talk by PRI CEO Alisa Miller
on the paltry reporting of international issues in American media with arresting graphs and visuals, which serves to place the mission of the Pulitzer Center in context.
posted by Kattullus
on Aug 8, 2008 -