In 2008, China will fail to ride the Olympics wave and improve its worldwide image
, the US will vote mainly
(barring a terrorist attack or a recession), usher in a period of pragmatic caution
and toast to it over a nice Merlot
, the culture wars will go global
, Israel may decide that it must act alone against Iran
, African gangs will prosper
, UK politics will be re-established as a spectator sport
, we will finally quit oil - and want yet more of it
, the potato will make a comeback
, an island will be moved for the sake of the Euro
, we will rush to give for free what others charge for
, U will HAV CASH
, robots will explore the seas of Earth
, which is round
, by the way, pigs will fly
, and we will like totally love it
The Economist: The World in 2008
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posted by goodnewsfortheinsane
on Nov 28, 2007 -
The very great Joe Zawinul has passed at 75
Accordionist, proud Austrian, composer of Mercy, Mercy
, In a Silent Way
, and Birdland
, associate of Miles, McLaughlin, Cannonball, Hancock, and Shorter, arguably the father of world music, Zawinul has left the building.
posted by Wolof
on Sep 11, 2007 -
Well, it's official
. After numerous rumors, leaks, and even someone with a sharp eye for trademark searches
, it was revealed this morning with the first entrants to BlizzCon
in Anaheim, California that the next World of Warcraft expansion will be called Wrath of the Lich King, complete with new areas to explore, new hairstyles and character customizations, level 80, and the first new class to be introduced to the game since it opened.
posted by thanotopsis
on Aug 3, 2007 -
is a tiny, picturesque
hamlet on the coast of Suffolk harbouring a big WW2 mystery: the best developed rumour is of an attempt by the Germans to invade Britain at this spot which was anticipated and intercepted by pumping fuel onto the sea surface and setting fire to it. UK files on the subject are closed, again mysteriously, until 2021. Ronald Ashford, who claims to have been an eye witness
, has a lot more information
. You can stay
posted by rongorongo
on Jul 5, 2007 -
"In January 2005, Mark E. Smith and The Fall (described as 'one of the most enigmatic, idiosyncratic and chaotic garage bands of the last 30 years') were the subject of a BBC 4 TV documentary, The Fall:
The Wonderful and Frightening
World of Mark E. Smith." parts 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9
posted by item
on Jun 17, 2007 -
What the World Eats
A photo slide show of images taken of families around the world, and the food they consume in one week. The commentary also provides the amount of money they have to spend, and what their favorite meals are.
posted by Dave Faris
on Jun 5, 2007 -
The Global Terrorism Database
is now available online. It includes information on more than 27,000 bombings, 13,000 assassinations, and 2,800 kidnappings. With 2D and 3D georeferences for some incidents. The interactive map isn't working for me though.
posted by tellurian
on May 24, 2007 -
Inspired by Ironic Sans's 50 States Game
comes the more worldly (and difficult) 245 Countries in 10 minutes.
Also pairs well with the previously posted GeoSense.
(Caveats/Minor Spoilers: Game has some questionable choices, like making you type in the long form of the country's name, i.e. "People's Republic of", rather than the common usage name. Some countries have "The" in front of them. Also, your spelling must be perfect, which can trip you up for those obscure island nations, and countries you know but don't know the exact spelling of. Good Luck!)
posted by wander
on Mar 4, 2007 -
The Great War:
"People at the time experienced it differently. We may think they were misinformed and deluded, and perhaps they were, or maybe we have become incredibly cynical and mistrusting. What were once considered to be civic virtues are now thought to be quaint anachronisms at best or grand delusions at worst. Things change." The site proffers an incredible variety of popular-press articles and imagery concerning the unfortunate European events of 1914 to 1918.
posted by mwhybark
on Sep 1, 2006 -
What the world creates by hand
sons of a Peace Corps member, Roberto and Andy Milk had a lifelong
interest in artisans in developing countries. They teamed up with Armenia
Nercessian, a UN human-rights officer, to create Novica.com, an online
marketplace that sells the work of more than 10,000 craftspeople. While
Novica operates chiefly in association with National Geographic, NPR
helps to promote them.
posted by owhydididoit
on Aug 25, 2006 -
Around the world on a Dream Machine
— 77 years ago, the giant
German airship LZ-127 Graf Zeppelin
left Lakehurst, NJ
on an aerial world tour
sponsored by American media mogul William Randolph Hearst
. The airship's gondola
carried 20 passengers in high-tech style
, including: U.S. Navy observer Charles Rosendahl
; English pilot
, Zeppelin frequent flyer
, and Hearst reporter Lady Grace Drummond-Hay
; and Japanese naval aviator Ryunosuke Kusaka
. The 41 crewmen were captained by Dr. Hugo Eckener
, Zeppelin champion
and the world's best airship pilot
. The hydrogen
-filled LZ-127 flew over the Atlantic to Germany
, over the Pacific to California
, across the United States
, and back to Lakehurst
. The 20,500 mile, 21-day flight—with 12 flying days at ~80 mph top speed—defined airship travel's golden age
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posted by cenoxo
on Aug 8, 2006 -
"You live in the big here.
Wherever you live, your tiny spot is deeply intertwined within a larger place, imbedded fractal-like into a whole system called a watershed, which is itself integrated with other watersheds into a tightly interdependent biome. At the ultimate level, your home is a cell in an organism called a planet. All these levels interconnect. What do you know about the dynamics of this larger system around you?
30 questions to elevate your awareness (and literacy) of the greater place in which you live.
posted by Hartster
on Jul 13, 2006 -
are become scarce in the final 16 knockout phase of the World Cup. A discussion has been going on over at the Guardian's World Cup blogs
In the knockout phase the number of goals has declined from 42 in 1986 to about 25 in 2006. There hasn't been a World Cup Final since 1986 where both teams scored. There have been a mere 3 games in the knockout phase from 14 where both teams have scored. For the first time ever a team, Switzerland
, has been eliminated without conceding a single goal. Does something need to be done? Do bigger goals, no goalkeeper, fewer players or changed rules need to be considered?
posted by sien
on Jul 6, 2006 -
is the name of a recently-launched blog written by the editors of Foreign Policy magazine, covering the same wide range of topics as the magazine itself does. Updated frequently and around the clock, informal and personal — I don't know if it's just because it's new, but they're doing a great job, and if you're a world politics and news junkie like me, it's fantastic.
posted by blacklite
on Apr 12, 2006 -
is a nifty little place where you can scope out music from all over. The archive
profiles all sorts of artists and provides free full-length samples to help you decide how to get your groove on.
posted by tentacle
on Apr 5, 2006 -