When was the last time you got something in the mail other than the water bill or a pizza menu? Why does mail always have to be bad news? Groups online are reviving the dying tradition of penpals
and sending the most wonderful, creative letters and notes across the globe, making the moment the mail drops onto the doormat exciting instead of dread-inducing again. Bonus link - the League of Extraordinary Penpals
, who "think that writing a letter snuggled under a blanket with a cup of tea and a cat by your side is a better way to spend your Friday night than hanging out at the bar."
posted by winterhill
on Mar 17, 2014 -
Question: How good would you have to be to win an OK GO video contest? Answer: Very good indeed. See the winning video for OK Go's "I'm Not Through' here
posted by WalkerWestridge
on Oct 31, 2013 -
The Washington Post
will be sold to Jeff Bezos
for $250 million, ending four decades of the Graham family. Amazon will have no role in the purchase.
posted by stbalbach
on Aug 5, 2013 -
Geoff Carter's radical view of building in the ancient world, especially the archaeology of the lost timber built environment of Southern England. It is new research into of prehistory of architecture
With the ultimate conclusion that Stonehenge is the remains of a roofed shelter. [more inside]
posted by Mitheral
on May 19, 2013 -
Post & Prejudice: [guardian.co.uk]
"The Royal Mail is joining in the celebrations to mark the 200th anniversary of Pride and Prejudice with the release of a series of stamps featuring all six of Jane Austen's novels. Royal Mail commissioned the artwork by Angela Barrett." [Slideshow]
posted by Fizz
on Feb 24, 2013 -
of the 2012 Washington Post Peeps Diorama Contest
are in. The winner: Occupeep DC
. Runners up: Peepius Maximus
, What People Think Peeps Are
(based on the popular meme
), The Black Peep
(based off of DC's Black Cat
music venue), and Just Peeped
(based off of the 2011 British Royal Wedding
). In addition to the finalists
, check out Peeps in Washington
, Political Peeps
, the full gallery of submissions
that the Post received this year, and the winners from 2011
, and 2007
posted by schmod
on Mar 29, 2012 -
A Month of Letters
is a challenge with two parts: mail something (anything!) every day the post runs in February and respond to every letter you get.
posted by naturalog
on Feb 1, 2012 -
Post A Letter Social Activity Club:
"Imagine a day when every personal e-mail you receive is in the form of a piece of mail, in envelopes of different sizes, papers of different colours and textures, handwriting of varying degrees of legibility. Wouldn’t that be pretty nice for a change?" [more inside]
posted by Fizz
on Aug 22, 2011 -
"What would be it like to go a day without spending any money? I've thought about this before but I've never considered actually trying it. I couldn't imagine going a day without spending a single penny -- is that even possible? How would I get from A to B? What about food? Turns out, a day of living expense free is possible and you'd be surprised by the overwhelming sense of satisfaction and feeling of elation that comes from it. "
The Huffington Post's Alexa van Tobel tells the astonishing and empowering tale of How I Went 24 Hours Without Spending Any Money...In New York City
Unfortunately, "this experiment is unsustainable for a long period of time."
posted by Legomancer
on May 8, 2010 -
Return to sender: Artist puts Royal Mail to the test
- "To put them to the test, Harriet Russell concealed the addresses of 130 letters to herself in a series of increasingly complex puzzles and ciphers. Among the disguises she employed were dot-to-dot drawings, anagrams and cartoons. The answer, it seems, was very far indeed. Amazingly, only 10 failed to complete their journey back to her." Be sure to click the "more pictures" link to the right for more samples. Via one.point.zero.
posted by nthdegx
on Oct 9, 2008 -
Corrupt U.S. Government officials leased the Teapot Dome oil field
to one Harry F. Sinclair in 1922 in a sleazy no-bid contract.
Turn back the clock. 27 years earlier, suspected grifter Gilmer Bonfils
had seized control of the Denver Post; he and his family turned it from a sleepy, staid paper into a
wild, brazen broadsheet
. So brazen they were shot by a furious lawyer. For an editorial page
, Tammen and Bonfils substituted invective, raked up so much scandal—a good deal of it true — that they kept a loaded shotgun in their office to discourage reader complaints. As the Post grew in power and prosperity, its proprietors branched into other fields; the Post became the first and last U.S. daily ever to own a circus (Sells-Floto), run a burlesque house and sell coal." [more inside]
posted by felix
on Aug 13, 2008 -
Citizen K Street: How Lobbying Became Washington's Biggest Business The story will begin in the newspaper and on the Web on March 4, with an overview of Cassidy's career. Then, beginning March 5 and running Monday through Friday for five weeks exclusively at washingtonpost.com/citizenkstreet, Kaiser will tell the story in a serial narrative that will chart Cassidy's path and the transformation of the lobbying industry in Washington.
posted by srboisvert
on Apr 8, 2007 -
How should the humanities be taught, and how should scholars in the humanities be trained? These pivotal questions confront universities today amid signs of spreading agreement that the three-decade era of poststructuralism and postmodernism is over.
posted by vronsky
on Apr 29, 2006 -
The Last Post,
a military bugle call marking the end of the day, was originally sounded
to call off-duty soldiers to barracks; later it was also incorporated
into British and Commonwealth military funeral services (analogous to the playing of Taps
for US military dead
) and "symbolises that the duty of the dead is over and that they can rest in peace
." It's perhaps as fitting as "Auld Lang Syne" at the close of year 2005.
posted by orthogonality
on Dec 31, 2005 -
rode out Katrina in New Orleans and later "escaped" one of the freeway-based collection points. His is the first of what will surely be many firsthand accounts appearing on blogs. Why not collect your link finds here?
posted by mwhybark
on Sep 5, 2005 -
Got a Secret?
(Discussed briefly previouslyhere
The idea behind Frank Warren Artomatic exhibit was simple: distribute 3,000 post cards asking the public to share a secret with him anonymously by reply mail, and sit back and wait for the replies. Some of the post cards are now on display
at the Anne C. Fisher gallery, but if you can't make it to the Georgetown show don't worry, Warren has created a "Postsecret"
blog where you can see some of the most interesting replies. (via DCist
posted by indiebass
on Jan 27, 2005 -