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.
posted by grumblebee
on Jun 2, 2010 -
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.
posted by infini
on Mar 18, 2010 -
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.
posted by mdpatrick
on Mar 4, 2010 -
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]
posted by reenum
on Feb 1, 2010 -
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...
posted by brianstorms
on Jan 6, 2010 -
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
posted by flatluigi
on Dec 21, 2009 -
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."
posted by kliuless
on Oct 23, 2009 -
: 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]
posted by filthy light thief
on Oct 2, 2009 -
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.
posted by ecorrocio
on Feb 13, 2009 -
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
posted by tellurian
on Jan 27, 2009 -
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]
posted by goodnewsfortheinsane
on Nov 27, 2008 -
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
posted by thanotopsis
on Nov 12, 2008 -
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
posted by blahblahblah
on Nov 12, 2008 -
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
posted by y2karl
on Oct 2, 2008 -
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]
posted by Miles Long
on Jun 11, 2008 -
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]
posted by y2karl
on Mar 20, 2008 -
, peace activist, club owner, environmentalist, sailor, critic of the US presence in Okinawa, proponent of Okinawan independence, and, since 2004, member of the Japanese House of Councillors has been playing his highly influential hybrid
of traditional Okinawan min'yo
, and other island music styles since he formed the band Champloose
in 1968. [more inside]
posted by billtron
on Feb 2, 2008 -