At the beginning was the noosphere.
The existence of a "sphere of ideas", beyond the "sphere of life" (biosphere) and the "sphere of matter" (geosphere) was apparently first postulated by the pioneering Russian-Ukrainian geochemist V.I. Vernadsky
. Vernadsky thought not only that the biosphere had entirely reshaped the geosphere, but that the burgeoning noosphere of interconnected thought would ultimately change the biosphere just as much.
French jesuit and paleontologist Pierre Teilhard de Chardin
took the concept and ran with it
posted by Skeptic
on Nov 28, 2006 -
Dog Poo Girl
: "A woman and her dog are riding the Seoul subways. The dog poops in the floor. The woman refuses to clean it up, despite being told to by other passengers. Someone takes a picture of her, posts it on the Internet..."
posted by starscream
on Aug 11, 2005 -
Christian Video Games set to make comeback?
Tired of destroying the same old cliched monsters, day in day out? Want to engross yourself in a more morally sound, Religious video game experience? Well if the Christian gaming community has their way, we'll soon all be playing them (or at least a few % of gamers):
"As believers in Christ, we pray that God will be glorified through our work and that each of us draw nearer to him as we develop and grow as a business,"
the Christian game company says
posted by 0bvious
on May 24, 2005 -
New Year's Tradition: Banishing Words (yes, I've done this before)
L.S.S.U has been making lists since 1976, but after all the censorship battles of the last year, they probably should be using less threatening terminology than "banished". Still, most of the terminology in this Hall of Shame list certainly deserves to be discouraged, derided and degraded.
Of course, Creative Deity Matt Groening does his own annual list of Forbidden Words
, and some webhead has developed a cool webtool: The Forbidden Words Flagger
posted by wendell
on Dec 31, 2004 -
William Safire on "the izzle":
"And now, in the pages of The New York Times, there it is — a word modified with the ubiquitous izzle. Some clever Times copy editor, for a June article about Chrysler's new 300C sedan, created the headline, "Fo' Shizzle, That Big Bad Chrysler Really Does Sizzle"
. So now that the gray lady herself has been izzled from the inside, is it time for everyone to wish one last fond farewizzle and shed the shizzle? (MTV interview mentioned in the article is here
posted by taz
on Sep 21, 2004 -
Harvard's Institute of Politics has created a short test
to measure where your political beliefs fit with college students across the country. You better sit down for this one: I am a Traditonal Liberal !
From Secular Centrist Matthew Yglesias
. Take the test and see where you fall on the brightly colored chart.
posted by y2karl
on Apr 16, 2004 -
A Blast From The Past: Ass Chaps Man
A piece of classic American Webiana, still hilarious after all these years. Does anyone know of other classic Web pieces that somehow missed the MeFi front page, probably because they were so well known at the time? [ With thanks to quonsar. Safe for work, I'd say, but a close call.
posted by MiguelCardoso
on Jun 9, 2003 -
This has been floating vaguely in the memesphere for a year or so, and is ready to pop. Seems we Anglophones are not nations separated by a common language anymore, but "a distinct civilization in [our] own right."
Western in origin but no longer entirely Western in composition and nature, this civilization is marked by a particularly strong civil society, which is the source of its long record of successful constitutional government and economic prosperity. ... [its] continuous leadership of the Scientific-Technological Revolution from the seventeenth century to the twenty-first century stems from these characteristics and is thus likely to continue for the foreseeable future.
It is not, however, a return of " the racialist Anglo-Saxonism dating from the era around 1900" ... he says. The author was profiled
in Industry Standard in August 2001. His company provides "sovereignty services" — i.e., moving wealth offshore.
posted by hairyeyeball
on Apr 12, 2003 -
to the web wide debate sparked after their interview
with Jamie Kellner CEO of Turner Broadcasting. Where he likened not viewing the adverts to theft.
It's a story I was very interested in and it seems it caused a fair amount of debate
. Other than the 'Osama is evil'
explosion what's your favorite meme with legs ?
posted by mrben
on May 30, 2002 -
All your desperate to be the next wacky webcraze links
are belong to MetaFilter.
posted by Kino
on Jun 21, 2001 -
I was reading this article about the new breed of modern airships
when I stumbled over the line "Not your grandfather's airship". That started me off thinking about the "Not your father's X" meme
that's been part of the journalistic background noise for a while now. It seems to me to evoking something oedipal, a male child's revulsion of his father and his father's way of doing things. It's usually juxtaposed against technology or at least things that aren't all that old to begin with. Does anyone know who used it first? A quick search of Google
reveals it in everything from "Cuba: not your father's stagnant nation
" to "XML: Not your father's HTML
". Anyone got any favorites?
posted by lagado
on Jan 4, 2001 -