is a perfect introduction to one of the Obama era’s great conservative subcultures: the men and women who “roll coal.” For as little as $500, anyone with a diesel truck and a dream can install a smoke stack and the equipment that lets a driver “trick the engine” into needing more fuel. The result is a burst of black smoke that doubles as a political or cultural statement—a protest against the EPA, a ritual shaming of hybrid “rice burners,” and a stellar source of truck memes." [more inside]
posted by porn in the woods
on Jul 6, 2014 -
"The 9:30 Club became the place in Washington where the misfits could go and nobody would judge them. The scene became bigger as MTV opened the doors to this kind of music. But the 9:30 Club was on the ground floor."
Today's Washington Post magazine features an oral history of the 9:30 Club
, in celebration of its 30th anniversary. (Alternate link to just the text of the article
posted by Ike_Arumba
on Apr 18, 2010 -
allows people to undertake commitment bonds: promises that they will do something (lose weight, quit smoking, etc.) or else forfeit a pre-determined amount of money to a charity. Either the honor system or a referee can be used to decide if the goal is met. The idea is related to Nobel prize-winner Thomas Schelling's concept of strategic precommitment
. More here
, and here
posted by shivohum
on Jan 18, 2008 -
back in '02 by adrianhon
this crazy new material looks to be on the verge of mass production.
Currently used in homes for insulation & for winter clothes that are too warm to wear, this is a truly amazing technology.
Want to know how to make
Want to buy some
Here is a pic
to help you believe it's real. More here
Aspen Aerogel is currently in production
posted by thekorruptor
on Aug 19, 2007 -
Hazy shade of summer
Days like today remind me our world is indeed small. Here in the Northeast US the sun never broke through the haze. More forest fires, only these were in Quebec. I had friends as far south as New Jersey notice. How'd the day look to you?
posted by jeremias
on Jul 7, 2002 -
Left-handed smoke shifter
and other objects to send a novice out to find. Notably missing is the spaghetti straightener. My grandfather told a story when he worked in the label printing division of the Continental Can Company. He sent a guy to the stock room for a bucket of halftone dots. The sucker^H^H^H^H^H^Hemployee got bounced from department to department trying to find who got the last bucket...
posted by plinth
on Jul 3, 2001 -