Massive leak reveals secret dossiers on 759 captives
The Guantanamo Files New York Times
() For all the sensitive types that can't read actual wikileak files with out having tanks on your lawn or SWAT teams down your chimney, please rest assured that none of my links here or inside lead directly to *sekrets*
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Rarely is the question asked -- is our business majors learning
Just before intermission, Cowie took the stage and began juggling a ball with her feet until suddenly she popped it in the air, swished her right foot around the ball twice, kicked it up again, then rotated her left foot around once without letting the ball touch the floor. She bent her right foot back behind her body and caught the ball on the sole of her shoe. “I could feel the excitement building in the auditorium,” she recalled. “I could hear the oohs and the aahs. I could sense the shock.” ¶ For her finale, Cowie lay on her back and juggled the ball over her head with her feet. As they applauded, Green Hope students turned to their friends with the same question: Who is she?
The New York Times Magazine profiles
star Indi Cowie. Photos
of a few tricks. Video
Hate Man. "How a New York Times reporter dropped out and became a hate evangelist in Berkeley." [more inside]
... the International Music Score Library Project, has trod in the footsteps of Google Books and Project Gutenberg and grown to be one of the largest sources of scores anywhere. It claims to have 85,000 scores, or parts for nearly 35,000 works, with several thousand being added every month. That is a worrisome pace for traditional music publishers, whose bread and butter comes from renting and selling scores in expensive editions backed by the latest scholarship. More than a business threat, the site has raised messy copyright issues and drawn the ire of established publishers. (previously)
Research on RNA interference is losing steam
. Biotech companies
are giving the chop to RNAi
, a gene-silencing mechanism once thought to have great promise
for human medicine. [more inside]
Sweet and simple - be merry and Let It Dough!
(goofy SLNYT filter)
The New York Times presents an interactive map of America's population
separated by race, income, and education, according to census data from 2005 to 2009. One dot for every 50 people. (Previously
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Mapping the Republic of Letters
is a cartographic tool designed by students and professors at Stanford that seeks to represent the Enlightenment era Republic of Letters, the network of correspondence between the finest thinkers of the day, such as Voltaire, Leibniz, Rousseau, Newton, Diderot, Linnaeus, Franklin and countless others. Patricia Cohen wrote an article about Mapping the Republic of Letters as well as other datamining digital humanities projects
in The New York Times. The mapping tool is fun to play with but I recommend you read the blogpost where Cohen explains how to use Mapping the Republic of Letters
Chasing Pirates: Inside Microsoft’s War Room
- From the special thread that Chinese factories counterfeit in mile-long spools that adorns software authenticity stickers, to near-perfect bootleg discs leaving microscopic evidence of their factory origins, to Mexican and Russian gangsters who are dealt with very carefully, the NYT covers Microsoft's multi-pronged, international war on piracy.
A great slideshow
of the nyc subway system 1910-present. [more inside]
A Year at War:
One Battalion's Wrenching Deployment to Afghanistan
: "Some 30,000 American soldiers are taking part in the Afghanistan surge. Here are the stories of the men and women of First Battalion, 87th Infantry of the 10th Mountain Division" out of Fort Drum, NY., based in Kunduz Province
, Afghanistan. Over the next year, The New York Times will follow their journey, chronicling the battalion’s part in the surge in northern Afghanistan and the impact of war on individual soldiers and their families back home. (First link is an interactive feature containing images and autoplaying video, and requires flash. Second link is a standard-style article.) [more inside]
of Syracuse University
has provided pop-culture expertise in 150 New York Times
stories over two decades. Today's spaghetti-taco article
makes Helene Stapinski the 78th reporter to interview Thompson
Is this just another version of the minstrel show? The Pendleton Round-up
is celebrating its 100th anniversary
. Part of its attraction is the performance of a "American Indian"
dance pageant, whose participants are compensated traditionally. "A century later, the mill still provides blankets, and families are still paid to appear, $5 per person each day at the arena. Beef and vegetables are provided, as are tokens for other food. The winner of the “Best Dressed Indian Award” at the parade gets 50 silver dollars. The winner of the “Oldest Indian Couple Award” gets 100 silver dollars in a pouch."
Best selling authors Jennifer Weiner and Jodi Picoult speak out
about how the New York Times treats "chick lit": "when a man writes about family and feelings, it's literature with a capital L, but when a woman considers the same topics, it's romance, or a beach book - in short, it's something unworthy of a serious critic's attention." [more inside]
The Web Never Forgets
. Are youthful indiscretion
verboten in this digital age? As we grow and move forward - we make mistakes, we say things we later regret, or we change our mind about stuff all the time. But in era where even the things we actrually mean to say, can be taken out of context, posted, and used as a political weapon
, is there room for just being silly
"The Journalist as Programmer"
is an academic, ethnographic case study (pdf)
, which considers whether the New York Times' Interactive Newsroom Technologies unit
, source of the paper's Open Source Developer Network
, should be thought of as a template for the future of Web Journalism. Slide Deck
. (Previously on MeFi.)
NYMag profile of the INT team from '09: The New Journalism: Goosing the Gray Lady
. ("What are these renegade cybergeeks doing at the New York Times? Maybe saving it.")
While it should not come as a surprise that some chefs get high, it’s less often noted that drug use in the kitchen can change the experience in the dining room
The Sunday Magazine
- Every Friday, David Friedman (of Ironic Sans
) posts the most interesting articles from the New York Times Sunday Magazine from 100 years ago that weekend. [more inside]
The New York Times covers a 'new celebrity trend', Unshaven Women, Free Spirits or Unkempt?
Bringing New Understanding to the Director’s Cut (NYT)
Art imitates life? Neuroscientists
studying vision have observed a 1/f distribution
in the natural scenes
we encounter everyday. A new study shows movies have a similar 1/f distribution of scene pacing as natural scenes we encounter in daily life.
Have you ever spit your gum on the sidewalk. Did you know it's a social problem
? New York City is dealing with it
. Mexico DF is having a hard time with it
. Instead of spitting you can swallow it
or make a flower
. [more inside]
from E.B. White, Mark Twain, Katharine Hepburn, E. E. Cummings, Alexander Hamilton, and Zero Mostel. From libraries and archives around NYC, via the NYT (more info here
Double Full Full Full, annotated
(NYT video, reg REq'd) U.S. Olympic Team aerial skier Ryan St. Onge and a science reporter describe via video the physics going on as he executes a triple backflip with four twists.
Also, the snowboard halfpipe
. (Don't ask me why a triple backflip with four twists is called a "double full full full")
Frank Serpico testified before the Knapp Commission in October 1971, becoming the first police officer in the United States to voluntarily give evidence against a fellow policeman. You probably have seen the movie
. Frank Serpico returns
. “I still have nightmares,” he said. “I open a door a little bit and it just explodes in my face. Or I’m in a jam and I call the police, and guess who shows up? My old cop buddies who hated me.”
Dissertations on His Dudeness.
(SLNYT) Descriptions of a new book of academic essays on The Big Lebowski
such as: "“ ‘The Big Lebowski’ and Paul de Man: Historicizing Irony and Ironizing Historicism”
In some countries it's taken for granted
. In the USA it's controversial
. A bill
before congress would mandate 5 days of paid sick leave a year for businesses with over 15 employees. Some without sick leave are going to work sick
. I'm sure you have never done this.
The Year in Ideas
from the New York Times Magazine.
Happy Thanksgiving, MetaFilter! If you have friends from different parts of the U.S., you might have wondered why they consider certain dishes to be an essential part of a Thanksgiving feast, when you've never even thought of them as remotely Thanksgiving-related. Now you can see what dishes were popular searches on allrecipes.com
in various states thanks to a series of infographics
in the New York Times.
"100 Things Restaurant Staffers Should Never Do": Rules 1-50. Rules 51-100. [more inside]
Nina Sankovitch is about
to finish reading a book a day for a year. She not only reads them, she reviews
them too. "You can’t go from ‘Little Bee,’ by Chris Cleave, which is about this young woman who witnesses torture and herself is a victim of abuse in Nigeria — a really great book, but you’re just crying or your stomach is clenched — to another book like it the next day,” she said. “If I read a book like that every day, I would have collapsed a long time ago.”
Other 365 day projects have included this
An Iwo Jima Relic Binds Generations. (SLNYTTJ - single-link new york times tear-jerker.)