The Way of All Flesh
Fascinating series of found photographs, all of the same woman, documenting 50 years of changes. Sort of like those before and after meth photos, but without the meth and without the sleaze. Sort of not like that at all, actually.
(that link at bit NSFW) Also, see photobooth.net
) and this link
(very web 2.0, that fancy "press here, no HERE" link technique) to Betty Hines' show of found photobooth photos has lots of other similar sites linked.
Everything I Want to Do Is Illegal
by Joel Salatin. This Saturday will mark this article's four year anniversary. Frankly, I was mildly surprised not to have found it mentioned before in MeFi. It's a good read about a sad state of affairs; how our government is turning its own people into outlaws, because freedom has been traded in for an illusion of security. ...but then we already knew that. Don't we?
Second Life is a great place
for a virtual job fair
, right? Well, maybe not.
(That recruiter's lucky all s/he got handed was a beer...) Even the cops are getting in on the action.
. Time magazine probably thinks it's a bad idea
, though maybe they wouldn't have 5 years ago
Do You Want To Live Forever?
[Google Video - Channel4 documentary] Aubrey de Grey
is a genius, a weirdo and predicts the death of death. Don't miss his lectures
and some interviews as well. Who is going to be the first immortal
In Games, an Insight Into the Rules of Evolution. Carl Zimmer
writes about Martin Nowak
(previously mentioned here
), a mathematical biologist who uses games to understand
how cooperation evolved. [Via MindHacks.]
The Save Our Seas Foundation [small Flash]
, a Swiss-based non-profit, joins the growing ranks of a world-wide movement to undo the damage caused by popular reports
and gross misrepresentation by Hollywood
of sharks as human-savoring sea monsters/killing machines. The fact of the matter is that the opposite is true: Current estimates give between 65 million to 165 million sharks being killed worldwide annually via unregulated catch - including 38 million
to 70 million [PDF]
for their fin alone, with untold numbers of butchered and bleeding-to-death sharks being cast back into the oceans to die slow and gruesome deaths. [more inside]
"Each day brings new, stressful situations we must deal with in our business lives and our personal lives [sic
]" - and let us not forget the bullying
. That said, you may either breathe diaphragmatically
, enter a deathmatch with your monitor
(only applicable for "Computer Rage"), fantasize about starting the countdown on the the edifice/entity of your choice
, or simply do yourself in
(but for heavens sake, do the job correctly
50 Things You Need to Know by 50
By Kirk Douglas, Donald Trump, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar,
Suze Orman, Henry Winkler, Kathy Ireland, Al Roker,
Wolf Blitzer, Engelbert Humperdinck…and more
The mystery of the disappearing bees might not be much of a problem.
That is if commercial bee keepers go organic. (previously 1
The Encyclopedia of Life
project will create a compendium of every aspect of the biosphere. It aims to compile data on all of Earth's 1.8 million known species on one Web site
, and will include species descriptions, pictures, maps, videos, sound, sightings by amateurs, and links to entire genomes and scientific journal papers. E. O. Wilson
is getting his wish
. [Via BB.]
Time travel exists. It's called old pictures.
Stephen Elliott describes life without the internet.
: ESA telescope detects planet
20 lightyears away with a temperature between 0 and 40 degrees Celsius, dubbed "most Earth-like planet yet
Voices of the Fallen: the war in the words of the dead-- In letters and journals and e-mails, the war dead live on, their words—urgent, honest, unself-conscious—testament to the realities of combat. What do they have to say to us? ... The result is a window on Iraq we have not had before: the bravery, the fear and the chaos of war, and the loves and hates and dreams and nightmares of the warriors. Things are incredibly busy, then they are not. The Iraqis are welcoming, then they are not. The war is going well, then it is not. The mission makes sense, then it does not. ...
(video, audio, email, and text)
While there have been many posts on Mefi of blogs written by those affected by the Iraq War, I have not seen this one posted. No matter your stance on the war, your opinion of American soldiers, or the amount of other Iraq war blogs you've read, all I ask is that you at least read these few entries
. I've used too many words already, when the journal does more than enough to speak for itself. A Soldier's Thoughts. (via) [more inside]
Back in 1964, a documentary was commissioned by Granada Television called Seven Up!
, which aimed to test the old Jesuit maxim “Give me the child until he is seven and I will give you the man” by studying the lives of a group of children from various backgrounds to see how their lives would develop. Every seven years thereafter, director Michael Apted
has returned to see where their lives have taken them, in a series of films known as The Up Series
. You can read a great overview of the series here
. Some have followed the path expected of them. Others have moved halfway across the world. Some have even set up their own webpage
! And others still, like Neil, have found that getting to what may be your calling in life
often requires you to take a signifcant detour, as this video from the latest edition, 49 Up
“Oh, I took the roofs road"
--just one of the fascinating things at a new Iraq blog--Inside Iraq-- daily life in a war zone through the words of Iraqi journalists in McClatchy's Baghdad Bureau as they risk so much each day to survive. These are unedited first hand accounts of their experiences. Their complete names have been withheld for security reasons.
Cancer Cure Patented
A group of researchers claim that they are patenting a possible cure for cancer involving nothing more than sugar and short-chain fatty acid combination.
Obesity and Diabetes
- another free supplement by Nature
Crime and Punishment, Online Style
Long a bastion of metaverse fantasies, avatars competing for style, and commercial dreams, Second Life
has become a phenomenon. Lately, though, things are going a bit awry. Hacking attempts have been common, with the latest
shutting things down only a few days ago. To address this crime, the SL crew is looking into creating a virtual FBI
. Dibs on the Scully avatar
Julian Dibbell, the same journalist that lived off virtual cash
for a year, gives Calorie Restriction
a 9-week test drive and tells all about it in this long New York Mag piece
. Sure preliminary evidence says you could lengthen your life by 50 years, but is 150 years of starving yourself worth it?
Would YOU lie to save your life?
The Doctor said that I needed a keyhole operation called a coronary angioplasty to clear the blockages, but the waiting list on the NHS was nine months.
I couldn’t believe my ears. I knew that I would struggle to survive the next nine days, so nine months seemed an impossibility. What the doctor had just handed me was a virtual death sentence.
He must have seen the look of horror. He said that if I paid for the operation, he could fit me in for the angioplasty within the week.
The cost privately, he told me, would be around £8,500.
I looked at him, my head a whirl as I tried to make sense of what he was telling me. As far as I could see, the choice was clear — if I paid I would live, if I didn’t I would probably die.
I’m a pensioner living on £150 a week. And no bank would have given me a loan.
But in that split second my survival instinct kicked in and I realised I had to convince the doctor that I had the money.
‘Well, you can’t take it with you,’ I said cheerily. ‘I’ll go private.’
The following morning, I gave the administrator the cheque before I was discharged from the hospital. Some people would say this was fraud, because I knew it would bounce. But there was nothing else I could do — I wanted to live.
Beauty in bitmaps-
Some artists work in watercolors, some oils, and some with clay. The 'artists' at tacoholic express themselves in the universally accessible medium of really bad MS Paint drawings. Its public so you can submit your own masterworks.
of the best places in the United States assume their expert can choose the absolute best place to live, or to work, or to raise a family—for everyone. Wouldn't a better way to find great places to live in America
be based on your
unique priorities and preferences?
1-800-SUICIDE loses govt. funding: Despite the fact that almost 2 million callers have reached help and hope over the last 8 years, and a government funded evaluation stating the benefits of 1-800-SUICIDE, the Substance Abuse & Mental Health Service Administration (SAMHSA), a division of Health & Human Services, has decided to create their own government run system where they would have direct access to confidential data on individuals in crisis.
(SAMHSA has already scrubbed their websites of any and all LGBT information, and gay youth are 2-3 times more likely to commit suicide.) Save 1-800-SUICIDE website here.
has a somewhat technical but free supplement
on stem cells (alongwith a podcast and related blog
Never wanna work/Always wanna play/Pleasure, pleasure every day.
What happens when the jobs go away and don't return?
Should we take the surpluses generated and pay people not to work?
What happens to the assumption of scarcity when nanotechology
allows us to generate potentially anything we want from grass clippings?
Maybe Marx had it wrong all along. Maybe, instead of fetishizing work and the authoritarian mindset that it generates, we should have been reading Paul Lafargue instead.
Just as a thought experiment, what would you do if your job category disappeared? How would you spend your time? Would you invest more time and energy in friendships and other relationships? Hobbies? If you were your employer, what technologies would you use to get rid of your position and save money?
Gulfport High School class of '61
a facinating collection of life stories.
check out the Our Classmates
sailed across the atlantic.
died when katrina hit the gulf coast.
has 17 grand-children.
C. H. Locklin
was a chaplin working at the pentagon on 911.
No Death Sentence for '20th Skyjacker' Moussaoui
(he Newsfiltered), and as he was led from the courtroom, the defendant, who had looked for the last few weeks like he was campaigning for martyrdom, clapped his hands and said “America, you lost. I won.” (I had severely underestimated this character's skill at Political Theater) In spite of the final spit-in-the-face-of-the-US, MSNBC.com's Unscientific Instapoll has 51% saying it was the right decision
, while CNN.com's Poll says 63%
, and Foxnews.com's poll... is about tax cuts.
Disclaimer: Yes, I do some writing for the Entertainment section at MSNBC.com, but the News department does not know I exist and doesn't want to. And newssite instapolls are so-o-o Web 1.0, I know, but still, what's with the non-outrage?
-- such a sweet-looking kid, the smile on the face of a future suicide. Sad
-- "If she only knew then how things would turn out…" Sad
-- "I chose to kill her." Sad
-- "You could see her personality break through the coma." Life is dukkha
, said the Buddha -- a Pali term that means something like "suffering" or "the incapability of satisfaction." (Or as Mick Jagger put it, "I can't get no...") Here's the tangible evidence
--he escaped from Auschwitz with another guy, Wetzler, in April 1944 and got to Slovakia and Hungary, telling the world of the atrocities in the Auschwitz Protocol. Some Hungarian community leaders, however (Hungary was the only country that hadn't had its Jewish population deported yet), were busy making deals with Eichmann
for safe passage away. In any case, the result was that about 1,700 Hungarian Jewish leaders, with their families and friends, ended up in Switzerland, while almost half a million unsuspecting Hungarian Jews ended up dead in Auschwitz.
Vrba's report first alerted the world (including the Vatican, Red Cross, and US and British authorities) to exactly what was going on, and helped prosecute some who were tried later. ...Knowing perfectly well that it was the secrecy surrounding their actions that allowed the Nazis to herd unsuspecting Jews and transport them like sheep to slaughter, Vrba and Wetzler — as soon as they got in touch with Jewish community representatives in their native Slovakia — compiled a detailed report. They wrote about Auschwitz and what awaited Hungarian Jews once they arrived: immediate death by gassing.
As the Pentagon ousts plans to turn insects into cyber war machines
you'd be forgiven for asking the question: Where does the real digital end
and the faked life begin?
Are we simulating life synthetically
? or just speeding up
an entirely natural process
? Technologically engineered life is here to stay
. Its not far fetched to speculate
may become all there is.
A true pioneer has left us. Gordon Parks
dead at 93. His ground-breaking work
as a still photographer
of color during the civil rights movement
was enough to garner him a place in history
but he strove for excellence throughout his life. His first movie, the Learning Tree
is a classic and of course he also gave us Shaft
. He was a bonafide renaissance man
excelling in music and painting and even wrote a ballet based on Martin Luther King. He was truly one-of-a-kind.
It was an instant icon
, with Dan Rather calling it "the best war photograph in recent years." About 100 newspapers ran the photo, dubbing the anonymous warrior
the "Marlboro Man."
The photograph hit the world on Nov. 10, 2004: a close-cropped shot of a U.S. Marine in Iraq
, his face smeared with blood and dirt
, a cigarette dangling from his lips, smoke curling across weary eyes. He's quieter now -- easier to anger. He turns to fight at the sound of a backfire, can't look at fireworks without thinking of fire raining down on a city. He has trouble sleeping
, and when he does, his fingers twitch on invisible triggers.
The diagnosis: post-traumatic stress disorder.
The man in the photograph is James Blake Miller
, now 21, and he is an icon, although in ways Rather probably never imagined.
Previously mentioned briefly here