The long awaited Wizarding World of Harry Potter
opened this morning at Universal's Islands of Adventure to much fanfare
, including appearances by many of the movies' stars. [more inside]
View any web site like you're at the South Africa World Cup!
North Korea played in the World Cup in 1966 [BBC Documentary on YouTube].
The 1966 World Cup was the subject of bitter disagreement before a ball was ever kicked. Sixteen African nations boycotted the tournament in protest of a 1964 FIFA ruling that required the champion team from the African zone to enter a playoff round against the winners of either the Asian or the Oceania zone in order to win a place in the Cup. [more inside]
A new project called CitID is attempting to collect
logos and/or typefaces representing
every city in the world. So far, they have over 150 submissions, including Berlin
, and Cape Town
. [more inside]
is an annual poster contest run by a worldwide partnership
. Each year they ask seven charities to prepare briefs
on major global issues, and then invite anyone to submit original posters that address the issue. The call for 2010 posters is now on; explore the archives from previous years to see posters on health care access
, the War on Terror
, women's rights
, child mortality
, water scarcity
, global warming
, and more.
HELLO WORLD (SLYT)
"Lego felt tip 110" printer connected to an Apple Mac. This is not a kit you can buy and does not use mindstorms. I designed/built/coded it all from scratch including analog motor electronics, sensors and printer driver, the USB interface uses a "wiring" board.
Learn a bit of Shanghainese for the World Expo: Say it in Shanghai
is a short series of videos from the China Daily
newspaper. Very simple, but actually kinda useful and funny. Direct links to lessons: Part one
| Part two
| Part three
| Part four
| Part five
| Part six
Web 3.0 [vimeo - flash or HTML5]
A story about the Semantic Web from Kate Ray
Was structuralism, the big idea of Claude Lévi-Strauss, more cult than science? Apostolos Doxiadis, Alecos Papadatos and Annie Di Donna – the team behind the bestselling graphic novel Logicomix – investigate.
Why Ancient Wisdom Matters in the Modern World
from Wade Davis, Canadian anthropologist and ethnobotanist.
Flooding in Uganda displaces 20,000.
Heavy rains in eastern Uganda have triggered flooding that has displaced more than 20,000 people and hampered search efforts to find victims of massive landslides feared to have killed hundreds, officials said Thursday.
"found and taken photographs that are experienced as much by the heart as by the head."
have become ubiquitous around the world. Everywhere you go, you are more likely than not going to see them being sold at stores, food carts and roadside stands. [more inside]
Governments around the globe are opening up their data vaults
allowing us to check out the numbers for ourselves. This is the Guardian’s gateway to that information. Search for government data here from the UK, USA, Australia and New Zealand — and look out for new countries and places as they are added. Read more about this on the Datablog
. [more inside]
Acclaimed writer Bruce Sterling is back for his annual State of the World interview
in The WELL's inkwell conference. It's a must-read. The first question comes from Cory Doctorow who asks him to help him plan for the future now that Cory has a kid, etc. Sterling's answer is hilarious, biting, and brilliant all at the same time. And that's only the beginning...
9 Countries was recorded on location in Indonesia, Thailand, Cambodia, Laos, Myanmar, Tibet, India, Egypt and Greece between October 2005 and March 2007 by Tom Compagnoni. What you hear has been entirely assembled from these field recordings, no additional samples used.
A mashup / sound-collage / ambient / documentary album by Wax Audio
The Apex Book of World SF
gathers stories from around the globe, giving Science Fiction a global aspect not always seen. Charles Tan
interviews the writers who contributed
Health care around the world
: The state has had success over 35 years of requiring employers to provide health care benefits.
: Its health care is first class, cheap and market-driven.
: "more than 80 percent of the population is happy with the system"
: "300 million people have no coverage at all"
: "America is going to go Dutch"
: "I just wanted to flag for colleagues that their bosses should be careful using the talking point that under the Dem bill, Americans who don't like the coverage they have, will be able to choose something else... more than 90 percent of Americans will remain barred from shopping for insurance in the exchange."
Back in 2004, the Chicago Tribune published an investigative series
about the state of Islam after 9/11. [more inside]
Jean M. Fasse
(Red Cross during WWII, and later the Special Service). Shirley Ann Thacker
(WAVE). Just two of the interviews from the extensive collection of material (photographs, letters, diaries, scrapbooks, oral histories and posters) at the Women Veterans Historical Collection
I Just Made Love
shows on the map of the world places where people just made love.
: a man-made archipelago of 300 islands
constructed to approximate the land masses of Earth, located 4 kilometers off the coast of Dubai. Claim part of The World for your own, or as an investment. Angelina Jolie And Brad Pitt bought Ethiopia
, Tommy Lee bought Greece for ex-wife Pamela Anderson
, David Beckham and Rod Stewart
were each rumored to have bought an island, joining other celebrities
who had purchased part of The World. The environmental impact of World-creation was raised
, and Sir Richard Branson warned that the islands would be submerged in 50 years
if global governments did not address climate change. The warning in 2007 did not dissuade the developers, and the final rock was placed in the breakwater
in January 2008. The end of The World has not been brought about by rising tides, but financial woes have put the development on long-term hold
, potentially ending the project. [more inside]
are a fascinating look into the artistry and culture of the countries of the world. [more inside]
The Ragpicker's Dream
(Short). World at Work: Brazilian
Ragpickers. What it feels
like to be a Ragpicker
. Their contradictions
, and a mobile home for them to sleep
: Letters Home from a New England Soldier, 1916-1919.
Think you've been places? Retired scientist Galen Frysinger
has visted 172 countries and 91 dependencies. His photos have been linked in quite a few comments on MeFi, but near as I can tell... never the subject of a post.
is a transcultural word which combines the Japanese words for all people (Min) and art (Gei). The site has a flash interface and features over 5,000 high resolution, zoomable objects. More information on the Mingei Movement
In 2009, a remarkably gifted politician, confronting a remarkably difficult set of challenges
, will have to learn to say "No we can't"
, Guantánamo will prove a moral minefield
, economic recovery will be invisible to the naked eye
, governments must prepare for the day they stop financial guarantees
, we will judge our commitment to sustainability
, scientists should research the causes of religion
, we will all be potential online paparazzi
, English will have more words than any other language
(but it's meaningless), Afghanistan will see a surge of Western (read: American) troops
, Iran will continue its nuclear quest
while diplomacy lies in shambles
, the sea floor is the new frontier
, we should rethink aging
, (non-)voters will continue to thwart the European project
-- but cheap travel will continue to buoy it
-- though it has some unfinished business to attend to
, and a Nordic defence bond will blossom
.The Economist: The World in 2009
. [more inside]
Gee, boss, I'm feeling a cold coming on. I definitely won't be in to work tomorrow. What's that? You saw me at Gamestop and/or Best Buy at midnight
? I, er, well, I was dealing with a nasty bug. No, not that one
, the other one
(no worries, I'll be compensated
!). I'm quite talented
, you see. If I was in Europe, they'd already be showing me the way to Northrend
. Alas, I'm not, and I have to wait until 9pm PST. In the meantime, there are those who've been where I'm going, and have nicely posted a review already
Everything. Right. Now.
Sprint presents an overwhelming, sprawling, entertaining dashboard that both mocks and plays into data overload. See how many people are stuck in elevators while you play pong, hear the latest music, and observe internet buzz - all at the same time (and yes, it is an ad for something). Overwhelmed? A more sedate text-only version of live world statistics can be found at worldometers
Worldmapper is a collection of world maps, where territories are re-sized on each map according to the subject of interest. There are now nearly 600 maps. Worldmapper
The algae problem was taken care of. But the smog
is the worst it's been in several months. All kidding aside, is China the next world superpower? Maybe, maybe not. [more inside]
The Weather World 2010
project at UIUC began as a comprehensive meteorology tutorial
designed for a high school/undergraduate level. It has since expanded to include guides to remote sensing
and reading weather maps
. (Some highlights include optical effects
, severe storms
, and the basics of weather forecasting
.) For folks in the US, it also has current surface
imagery for a number of different atmospheric properties.
According to the photographer's daughter, "All photos in this collection were taken by then Lt. and later Capt. George S. White
, my Father, while he was serving in the Pacific
as a pilot
. They are generally between 1945 and 1948 from what is documented."
My favorites? The barmaid
or postwar Tokyo
or wrecked planes and airplane graveyards
The record has finally been set for an Onion article (video, actually)
to turn into real life.
It's now a real game. You can download it.
time: about 1 day.
The subject is MMORPGS (pronounced 'more pigs') and how popular they are.
(more inside for descriptions) [more inside]
has a series of simply-wrought yet wonderfully mind-bending Map quizzes: check out North America
if you're looking for a confidence booster, relive forth-grade geography by going through state capitals
or impress friends with your knowledge of the European Peninsula
. Find out how little you know about Africa
, then peruse the mind-fuck that is Oceania
. Heck, they even have cap
for the truly adventurous. The world's a big place!
First, and foremost, here is La Caíta - El Pájaro
. Could there be singing anymore heartfelt than this ? I
wonder. And here she is, in an ancillary role, with the Amaya family
. Also, from Spain, here is Tchavolo Schmitt, Dorado Schmitt & Hono Winterstein - Kali Sara & Tchavolo swing
. From Romania, here are Taraf de
and, from them, here is Taraf de Haïdouks
and of them, here is Balada Conducatorolui - Nicolae Neacsu
. From the Thar
, here is the very charismatic Talab Khan
, and here, from Egypt, is Bambi
. And let the etymological connection between Egypt
be noted here and now, by the way.
these are. of course, excerpts from Latcho Drom
. [more inside]
"What we are now seeing is the break up of Bretton Woods mark 2."
The Guardian's economics editor, Larry Elliot, on growing fears of a global depression.
[single link op-ed alert]
Plan your trip to a far away spot on the globe. You might wish to walk in a straight line
or maybe just take the shortest route
(other than, perhaps, digging
). Take your camera in case you pass one of these
. [more inside]