December 2007 Archives

December 31

We Now Conclude Our Broadcast Day

2007 has come to a close and so we now conclude our broadcast day. [more inside]
posted by dhammond at 11:59 PM PST - 31 comments

Should I post this?

What have you changed your mind about? Why? - the latest installment of The Edge Annual Question [more inside]
posted by Gyan at 11:56 PM PST - 27 comments

The musical equivalent of sneaking around MIT late at night, solving equations left scrawled on whiteboards

You Don't Mess Around With Jim. And you don't mess around with the mysterious Fret Killer, performer of some of the best acoustic guitar playing to be found on YouTube. But who is he? [more inside]
posted by teleskiving at 7:57 PM PST - 30 comments

New Year's Eve In Times Square

Times Square: Crossroads of the World is the official website of Times Square in New York City. An estimated 1 million people from all over the world are in Times Square tonight, celebrating New Year's Eve and the 100th anniversary of the ball drop (with a new eco-friendly, LED-lighted ball). Also on the site: A History of New Year's Eve in Times Square, a Then and Now interactive timeline, a Signs of the Times gallery, and much more. The FAQ is also interesting.
posted by amyms at 5:52 PM PST - 35 comments

New York is such a pity but at Max's Kansas City we won

Max's Kansas City closed 25 years ago this night. Although Hilly Kristal's CBGB's is more iconic and perhaps better known today, Mickey Ruskin's Max's Kansas City (and its infamous back room) was every bit as important to fostering the punk scene of the late 1970s and early 80s. Located a 213 Park Avenue South, just up the street from historic Union Square, Max's played host to the Heartbreakers, Bruce Springsteen, the Ramones, Wayne/Jayne County and the Fast, the New York Dolls, and quite a few others. What's standing there today? Why, the 213 Park Avenue South Deli, of course.
posted by psmealey at 4:36 PM PST - 25 comments

music videos from West Africa

#1 African Music Website. Africa Hit offers an extensive and varied selection of great music videos from West Africa. [more inside]
posted by nickyskye at 4:28 PM PST - 11 comments

Ubiquitous, useful wooden slivers

It took Yankee manufacturing and marketing savvy to make the humble wooden toothpick a profitable business. But once it was a common item, accessories and accoutrements necessarily followed, in capitalistic, if sometimes whimsical certainty , and continue, to this day. The small wooden slivers have even become art, toys, architecture and science projects.
posted by paulsc at 1:48 PM PST - 12 comments

...GE had long done business with the bin Ladens. In a misguided attempt at corporate synergy, I called GE headquarters...

"You Don't Understand Our Audience" --what John Hockenberry (formerly of NBC, now at MIT Media Lab) learned about network news--good guys and bad guys, the "emotional center", synergy, facts, and why fewer and fewer watch nowadays.
posted by amberglow at 1:31 PM PST - 64 comments

Challenges Facing the US in the Middle East

Top 10 Challenges Facing the US in the Middle East, 2008 [more inside]
posted by homunculus at 1:25 PM PST - 54 comments

Making a point, the pigpen way.

This guy saved all his trash for an entire year. It amounted to 96 cubic feet. Perhaps not surprisingly, his message is conservation.
posted by desjardins at 10:39 AM PST - 22 comments

Mythbusters Saves Another Life

Mythbusters Saves! "Recalling an episode of a reality TV show he recently watched, the driver waited for the cab to fill with water before lowering a window and swimming out, Mora said." (Mythbusters has been in the blue before, saving those lives through reality television). Hi, Adam!
posted by thanotopsis at 10:34 AM PST - 93 comments

Save A Dollar Disappoint A Kid

Did you know that the distributor of Bill Plympton classics such as The Tune, Guard Dog and Guide Dog, and Plymptoons also do full-length CGI animations? Presenting Branscome International, LLC, your source for unique animations [more inside]
posted by c0nsumer at 10:05 AM PST - 17 comments

If there are homosexuals in Iran, well, whoop-de-damn-do!

The Washington Post presents the top 5 quotes of 2007. [more inside]
posted by silby at 9:38 AM PST - 30 comments

The Serial Seducer

Meet Paul Janka. He has recently been featured (twice) on NBC's Today Show, as one of New York's finest lotharios. You can also read his 17-page dating manifesto (pdf). Since his television appearance, reaction has varied from highly negative to positive, with little middle ground. Could he represent a new paradigm for dating in a post-feminist world?
posted by smoothvirus at 8:31 AM PST - 122 comments

Climate in 2007

Climate disasters in 2007 French captions. Pictures from Norway, Greece, England, India, Nicaragua, Colombia, U.S.A., China, Indonesia.
posted by nicolin at 4:14 AM PST - 11 comments

December 30

Photos of regular people looking extraordinarily bad

Not all portrait photography studios are equal. "Total frickin' awesomeness from Olan Mills, Sears and other fine portrait studios."
posted by Astro Zombie at 11:07 PM PST - 98 comments


I'm a Railroad (YT) pure Bush gibberish, from the same folks that gave you "Top Ten Signs Your Country May Be Going Fascist", And FDR Rant. (More inside. NSFW for language & juvenility)
posted by growabrain at 8:50 PM PST - 102 comments

Resolutions, schmesolutions. Do what it takes to be happy.

How to learn to love exercise. How to quit smoking. How to stop drinking, or reduce your intake. How to love your body. How to feel good about yourself. How to find a career you care about. [more inside]
posted by jbickers at 6:47 PM PST - 36 comments

Archaeology in 2007

Archaeology Magazine lists its top ten discoveries of 2007, with nine runners up. Among the discoveries listed are the discovery of Nebo-Sarsekim tablet that confirms some of the details of the Biblical book of Jeremiah (while casting doubt on other details), evidence that chimpanzees used basic stone tools 4,000 years ago that suggests that the primates may have passed "cultural" information through generations, and evidence of Polynesian chickens in Chile that may confirm Francisco Pizarro's report of chickens in Peru.
posted by Pants! at 6:06 PM PST - 18 comments

Wombs for Rent

Wombs for rent: "Anand's surrogate mothers, pioneers in the growing field of outsourced pregnancies, have given birth to roughly 40 babies. More than 50 women in this city are now pregnant with the children of couples from the United States, Taiwan, Britain and beyond. The women earn more than many would make in 15 years."
posted by mr_crash_davis at 1:20 PM PST - 134 comments

Hugh Massingberd joins the majority.

"Hugh Massingberd, a celebrated former obituaries editor of The Telegraph of London who made a once-dreary page required reading by speaking frankly, wittily and often gleefully ill of the dead, became the recipient of his own services after dying in West London on Christmas Day." The linked NY Times obit (by Margalit Fox; print version) contains many good quotes, like "The Telegraph’s send-off of one Lt. Col. Geoffrey Knowles, 'who as a subaltern was bitten in the buttocks by a bear — he survived but the bear expired'"; The Telegraph's own obit is much longer (and, of course, unsigned) and contains, along with more good zingers, a well-written account of his life ("The inevitable consequence of his bingeing proved another triumph of style, as Massingberd, a tall, slim and notably handsome youth with hollowed-out cheeks, transmogrified into an impressively corpulent presence whose moon face lit up with Pickwickian benevolence"). [more inside]
posted by languagehat at 12:08 PM PST - 21 comments

Don't make him angry.

Bill Bixby haiku from 1994. [via]
posted by GrammarMoses at 12:00 PM PST - 15 comments

Mom & Pop <3 Starbucks

Don't Fear Starbucks
Soon after declining Starbucks's buyout offer, Hyman received the expected news that the company was opening up next to one of his stores. But instead of panicking, he decided to call his friend Jim Stewart, founder of the Seattle's Best Coffee chain, to find out what really happens when a Starbucks opens nearby. "You're going to love it," Stewart reported. "They'll do all of your marketing for you, and your sales will soar".
Contrary to popular belief Starbucks, instead of destroying it, is promoting a thriving Mom & Pop coffee house industry. With the number of independent owned stores growing 40% between 2000 and 2005 and a less than 10% failure rate you might want to start looking for an empty storefront next to your local branch of Seattle's biggest export.
posted by PenDevil at 11:37 AM PST - 120 comments

Image of the Year.

Image of the Year. From the article: "If you want to go shallow for an Image of the Year, you can't do better than Paris Hilton, seen through the window of a Los Angeles sheriff's car, weeping as she's being hauled back to prison to complete a probation-violation sentence. But when you first notice the credit on that now infamous picture, there's a double take. The image came from the camera of Nick Ut, whose picture of a little girl burned by napalm, naked and running directly toward the camera and into the conscience of the American people, became perhaps the most powerful and influential vision of the Vietnam War. Not only was the Paris Hilton image taken by one of this country's most celebrated war photographers, it was taken June 8, 35 years to the day after the devastating image of 9-year-old Kim Phuc fleeing her bombed-out village. Let's put these two pictures up on the wall together for one last, end-of-the-year look, and see if something emerges."
posted by kittens for breakfast at 10:47 AM PST - 52 comments

Nothing like a good Read.

Small is Beautiful - The best new journals. (via Guardian / Observer) selected by Stephanie Merritt. "Published out of tiny offices or even editors' apartments, funded by grants, donations or founders' savings, distributed by direct subscription or in selected independent bookshops, paying contributors little or nothing at all, these magazines have nevertheless attracted such eminent writers as to give them an international reputation far beyond their limited circulation."
posted by adamvasco at 10:18 AM PST - 29 comments

Wii Want To Hack

A presentation at the 24th Annual Chaos Communication Congress convention for hackers in Germany [previously mentioned in MeFi] revealed a proof of concept: the Nintendo Wii's Power PC "Broadway" chip has been completely hacked. (via OMGNintendo)
posted by ShawnStruck at 9:56 AM PST - 22 comments

RIAA puts ripping of legally-owned CDs in the crosshairs

The Recording Industry Association of America are seeking damages in a federal case against Jeffrey Howell, who kept a collection of about 2,000 recordings on his PC. The RIAA's lawyer states that the files Howell made on his computer from legally purchased CDs are "unauthorized copies" of copyrighted recordings.
posted by porn in the woods at 9:47 AM PST - 73 comments

Is this the most beautiful bookstore in the world?

Is this the most beautiful bookstore in the world? The Boekhandel Selexyz Dominicanen, Maastricht opened its doors in November. Located in the city's old Dominican church - which for years had been used as a bicycle parking garage - the building has been extensively redesigned by Dutch architects Merkx + Girod. From the images you can find on the web you can see that it is a bookshop made in heaven. Many books in English too.
posted by MrMerlot at 5:57 AM PST - 64 comments

Strippers Blogging On The Internet

Some blogs written by strippers (and a strip club DJ), focusing on their work. [more inside]
posted by TheOnlyCoolTim at 1:01 AM PST - 83 comments

December 29

Are dead-tree magazines good or bad for the climate?

"So by this analysis dead-tree magazines have a smaller net carbon footprint than web media. We cut down trees and put them in the ground. From a climate change perspective, this is a good thing" explains Chris Anderson, Wired Magazine's editor-in-chief. While some decry this type of carbon footprint accounting as "cheating", the paper industry has lately been eager to convince the public that they are carbon-neutral.
posted by finite at 10:12 PM PST - 36 comments

A worthy life, deserving of re-consideration.

"At age 21, Eric Kamau Gravatt was McCoy Tyner's drummer, one of the most coveted jobs a jazz musician could hope to get. After 20 years of working as a prison guard, he's back behind the kit again as Tyner's drummer." [more inside]
posted by paulsc at 10:10 PM PST - 9 comments

Google is forcing social down your throat

A few weeks ago, Google Reader's team decided to show your private data to all your GMail contacts. This is now the default, no need to opt-in. Some people think it's not a big deal. Other's see it as a gross violation of privacy, a warning sign of more violations to come, as evidenced by the recent code updates to Gmail and other Google applications.
posted by m2002 at 10:04 PM PST - 60 comments

True Films

"This is the third version of a guide I have been developing for the past 5 years. It takes the 200 best documentaries I have reviewed on my website True Films and puts them into one handy book." Free as a PDF download, Kevin Kelly's book True Films.
posted by Armitage Shanks at 9:44 PM PST - 12 comments

Catalog Choice

Catalog Choice: one-stop shop for opting out of catalogs you don't want to receive.
posted by alms at 8:06 PM PST - 9 comments

Çatalhöyük, oldest city or biggest village?

Why humans started huddling together in cities is still shrouded in mystery but if the question is ever settled the answer will probably be found in Çatalhöyük, a settlement of five to eight thousand located in what is now Turkey that came into existence around 7500 BC. The current head archaeologist of the Çatalhöyük Project is Ian Hodder, one of the leading lights in postprocessual archaeology, who summarized his finding in a recent article in Natural History Magazine. The Çatalhöyük Project website is a treasure trove of information about the ancient settlement. [more inside]
posted by Kattullus at 5:55 PM PST - 24 comments

The Third World Squat

The Third World Squat (Some images not 100% safe for work) When it comes to training someone who's new to the world of squats, deadlifts, and the fine art of picking up heavy stuff, I've found a substantial disparity in the learning curve between North Americans and those from third-world countries . . . There are a variety of possible reasons for this, but there's one dominant variable that's a great predictor of a trainee's immediate potential before they even step foot in the gym: The third-world squat.
posted by jason's_planet at 5:24 PM PST - 48 comments

How to grow and maintain the perfect handlebar moustache.

A hirsute appendage of the upper lip, with graspable extremities. The perfect moustache grows only on the upper lip. You may choose a pomade of wax to assist in daily maintenance. In the early stages of growth, before the moustache is properly trained, you may choose to use a moustache cup in polite soup-eating company. After months of patience, you will be entitled to join the brotherhood, compete at national and international level, raise money for charity and serve your country in the most difficult circumstances.
posted by baggymp at 3:11 PM PST - 50 comments

Panthera tigris altaica

The Plight of the Amur Tiger (aka Siberian Tiger), the largest living cat in the world. Only 330-370 are left in the wild, but the situation is showing improvement, and they may even be repopulating previous strongholds in China. China is doing its part to repopulate the species - but for what purpose? The park's director admits the park made money from selling parts of dead tigers and wants China to lift the ban on the trade of tiger parts. They're considering it. Meanwhile, captive tigers are illegally skinned and beheaded, and 5000 tigers are kept in farms.
posted by desjardins at 2:49 PM PST - 8 comments

Royal Navy Blue?

An important message to MetaFilter!

The Royal Navy can deliver your important message, too!
posted by The Deej at 2:34 PM PST - 30 comments

The Rise of China

The Rise of China and the Future of the West: Can the Liberal System Survive? "China's rise will inevitably bring the United States' unipolar moment to an end. But that does not necessarily mean a violent power struggle or the overthrow of the Western system. The U.S.-led international order can remain dominant even while integrating a more powerful China -- but only if Washington sets about strengthening that liberal order now." [more inside]
posted by homunculus at 2:01 PM PST - 29 comments

Security Question

Security Question A short story by Ramon Rozas III. [via Schneier on Security]
posted by delmoi at 12:59 PM PST - 18 comments

of mice and men and women

Nine Ways to Make Your Mouse Roar l elegantly hand painted mouse l visual mouse software l Mouser: Operate your mouse with your keyboard [more inside]
posted by nickyskye at 11:22 AM PST - 12 comments

Racism without the sheets...

Kinism Kinism is the belief that the God-ordained social order for man is tribal and ethnic rather than imperial and universal. In other words, they are segregationists. Can YOU tell the difference? [more inside]
posted by konolia at 10:54 AM PST - 41 comments

Dope wars for policy wonks

Historically, drug laws have been a reactive response to a moral panic. Increasingly though, some governments are now seeking a more rational basis for drug policy. For the first time ever, all interested parties have been invited to get involved in the creation of the UK's next ten year drug strategy though many senior government advisors have been openly critical of some of the premises. [more inside]
posted by PeterMcDermott at 9:58 AM PST - 57 comments

A defining issue of this generation

2007 was a year of extreme weather records, and 2008 could be worse, for example an unrelenting southeast drought could be devastating. 2008 will also be Bush's last year, and as the evidence for global warming mounts, Bush's agenda appears to be greening. "If global warming turns out to be a defining issue of this generation, advisers said, Bush does not want to be remembered as a roadblock."
posted by stbalbach at 9:49 AM PST - 41 comments

Seven Interview with Foster Children

I took my video camera to a Foster Care Alumni meeting and asked seven foster kids to tell me about there experiences in Child Protective Services while wards of the state: Tristen, Andrew, Kyle, Aisha, Elnita, Ashley, Joshua. [more inside]
posted by chunking express at 8:29 AM PST - 22 comments

December 28

Ballistic Jaw Propulsion of Trap-Jaw Ants

The trap-jaw ant, best known for its powerful jaws which hold the land speed record for movement at 145 miles per hour, is brilliantly captured in a short film shot at 100,000 frames per second. [more inside]
posted by dhammond at 9:57 PM PST - 70 comments

"it gives so many talented people a chance to express themselves and makes it so much easier for the government to know who to arrest first in case of a national emergency."

Jon Swift asked everyone on his blogroll to pick what they considered their best post of 07-- ...There are posts on politics by liberals, conservatives and moderates, posts on movies, music, television, books, economics, health care, science, sports, religion and history, personal stories and slices of life, poetry, prose, pictures and video. Some are very funny, some are quite serious, some will make you angry and some will make you say "Huh?" ...
posted by amberglow at 9:20 PM PST - 12 comments

Zach Braff Quotes

Forget Chuck Norris facts, the next big thing is Zach Braff quotes.
posted by KingoftheWhales at 9:17 PM PST - 66 comments

Guðleifsdóttir, Photography, Flickr, censorship and happy end (?)

Guðleifsdóttir (can you pronounce this?) is a young photographer from island and she puts her pics on flickr [more inside]
posted by yoyo_nyc at 8:59 PM PST - 58 comments

The Rat Patrol

The Los Angeles Police Department are enlisting feral cats for rat patrol at police stations that are experiencing rodent problems. These hardworking kitties -- part of the Working Cats Program -- are doing a stellar job keeping the rat population in check.
posted by porn in the woods at 7:41 PM PST - 15 comments

No Reason To Get Excited

Written in 1967 by Bob Dylan, it was originally quiet, lowkey... and vaguely menacing. But when Jimi Hendrix redefined it the following year, even Dylan knew that the song had changed forever.

Since then, it's been covered (over and over again), praised almost as often, analyzed, referenced, and, of course, found to be encoded in the minds of Cylons.

Originally released 40 years ago, erm, yesterday: All Along the Watchtower.
posted by John Kenneth Fisher at 7:16 PM PST - 41 comments

"Extracting Beauty From Chaos"

Skhoinarion uses his own custom software to make mathematical art, ranging from the architectural to the strikingly natural. His animations feature digital and digitally-manipulated analog content and are also quite remarkable.
posted by retronic at 3:03 PM PST - 7 comments

Death of a Browser, End of an Era

RIP Netscape browser, 1994-2007. AOL, who acquired the groundbreaking browser as part of a $4.2 billion deal in 1998, announced the end today. Good-bye or good riddance?
posted by Chinese Jet Pilot at 2:47 PM PST - 99 comments

We regret the following:

Once again, The Year in Media Errors and Corrections. [more inside]
posted by gingerbeer at 2:45 PM PST - 15 comments

Contemporary Tibetan Art

Waves on the Turquoise Lake: Contemporary Expressions of Tibetan Art.
posted by homunculus at 1:38 PM PST - 5 comments

2007: The Movie(s)

Indiewire put out their second annual film critic's poll recently. There Will Be Blood tops the list, with Zodiac, No Country for Old Men, Syndromes and a Century, and 4 Months, 3 Weeks and 2 Days following behind. [more inside]
posted by Weebot at 1:38 PM PST - 40 comments

The 50 Most Loathsome People in America, 2007

50 Most Loathsome People in America, 2007. [previously - 2004, 2005, 2006].
posted by ericb at 1:08 PM PST - 109 comments

Road Trippin'

"Road Trip is a short film composed of 12,397 pictures taken automatically from the back seat of a car while driving accross [sic] America from Portland, Oregon to New Hampshire."
posted by dersins at 12:03 PM PST - 33 comments

Friday Flash: Areas

After playing Areas, I now feel the world needs more no-click ambient shmups. [via] [more inside]
posted by Plutor at 11:33 AM PST - 29 comments

Hello Kitty is coming for your menfolk

MeFi is no stranger to Hello Kitty. Whether you are a fan or not (previously), her feline popularity, especially among young women, is undeniable. "But what about the guys?" you ask. Unless you were a Thai police officer, Puroland groom, or bought the existing merchandise, there just wasn't anything made especially for you. Sanrio heard the call, and Hello Kitty merchandise designed especially for men is coming soon.
posted by cmgonzalez at 10:53 AM PST - 39 comments

Lilly the explorer

Lilly - The world. Incredibly cute and quite amazing.
posted by Afreemind2007 at 10:01 AM PST - 49 comments

the tighty whiteys are funny

"Zuda takes the Web publishing aspect out of the creators' hands, freeing them up to focus on writing and drawing the story. But to get Zuda to publish your comic, you first have to win a competition..." A major player enters into the fray of web comics publishing, previously populated mostly by independents. Is this a good thing or a bad thing? [more inside]
posted by ZachsMind at 9:12 AM PST - 45 comments

Disco Polo

World getting you down ? then why not cheer yourslef up by watching some videos By B O Y S - perhaps the greatest Disco Polo band in the world. [more inside]
posted by sgt.serenity at 8:14 AM PST - 23 comments

Literacy and voting patterns

Library usage, newspaper circulation, and educational attainment are primary factors used by researchers to determine the 'most literate cities.' Minneapolis has regained top honors from Seattle, though both cities have ranked at the top since the original study in 2003. Other studies here and here show minor shifts in the intervening years. Most relevant now is that there seems to be a correlation between literacy and voting patterns. [more inside]
posted by Rain Man at 7:22 AM PST - 42 comments

Now my advice for those who die, declare the pennies on your eyes.

Tax Info for Musicians. Musicians and taxes don’t seem to mix very well. Taxes and administrating the business of music are often last on the list of concerns for the working musician. The above link gives some helpful tips on what to look for and some simple dos and don'ts. Also, here's some information on the often confusing Section 179 Deduction and a list of common deductible business expenses
posted by psmealey at 5:24 AM PST - 19 comments

Hollywood and hotels

Francis Ford Copolla owns the Blancaneaux Lodge, Clint Eastwood owns the 22-acre The Mission Ranch, John Malkovich owns The Big Sleep Hotel, Liz Hurley owns Number 11. What is it with movie people and hotels? And where are the arthouse establishments?
posted by MrMerlot at 3:35 AM PST - 30 comments

Red Ball, Yellow Ball

Shuffle. Pool without pockets, simple but addictive
posted by fearfulsymmetry at 2:32 AM PST - 32 comments

Are you sleeping? Well, are you?

Frère Jacques! Frère Jacques! [more inside]
posted by oxford blue at 2:03 AM PST - 13 comments

External Delivery the Future

Parentists, the dogmatic believers that parents alone are the source of Christmas presents, may have new reason to believe, with the scientific approach of External Delivery. Of course, some skeptics have opined that External Delivery is just Santa Clausism with a pseudoscientific veneer. Other commentators are more forgiving, and point out the great strides that ED has made in the study of Yuleogy.
posted by CrunchyFrog at 12:34 AM PST - 29 comments

December 27

An Excellent Woman

Barbara Pym’s books focused on women who rarely make it into any spotlight, literary or otherwise: quiet, sensible, independent women of a certain age. Like the spinsters who populate her novels, her genius has been too often overlooked, but she does have her devotees. [more inside]
posted by freshwater_pr0n at 8:48 PM PST - 26 comments

History Archives: Online.

Want to study some history and have hundreds of hours on your hands? Don't worry now. We already exhaustive know about the Valley of the Shadow project. But what about Great Unsolved Mysteries in Canadian History, a bilingual English-French archive? If neither of these (vast) subjects tickle your pickle, don't worry... [more inside]
posted by flibbertigibbet at 8:34 PM PST - 6 comments

Carol Anne and the TV people

EVERYTHING you ever wanted to know about Heather O'Rourke (December 27th 1975 - February 1st, 1988) but were afraid to ask. [more inside]
posted by hermitosis at 7:27 PM PST - 55 comments

Flushing - home of mediocre baseball and Religious Freedom

"“If any of these said persons come in love unto us, we cannot in conscience lay violent hands upon them, but give them free egress and regress unto our town. For we are bound by the law of God and man to do good unto all men and evil to no man.”

Today is the 350th anniversary of the Flushing Remonstrance - a precursor of the Constitution, and "an iconic record of early Dutch colonial government that proclaimed the necessity of religious freedom of conscience and toleration." As this NYT Op-Ed notes, this document originated (and is currently on display) in "the most diverse neighborhood in the most diverse borough in the most diverse city on the planet."
posted by ericbop at 7:11 PM PST - 22 comments

10 Signs of Intelligent Life at YouTube

Open Culture's "10 Signs of Intelligent Life at YouTube" features "intellectually redeemable" channels from UC Berkeley, @GoogleTalks, TheNobelPrize, TED Talks,, the European Graduate School, the Pulitzer Center on Crisis Reporting, BBC Worldwide, National Geographic, PBS, UChannel, MIT, Vanderbilt, and USC.
posted by Soup at 5:40 PM PST - 21 comments

The International Year of the Potato

2008: The International Year of the Potato. Why now? Because the potato is delicious previously, easy to grow, and fun for all ages. [more inside]
posted by stet at 4:55 PM PST - 25 comments

Ach, those damn 110 year old kids!

The Katzenjammer Kids* are 110 years old this month, the world's longest running comic. Watch 1918's Policy & Pie (pt. 2), rare animation by creator Rudolph Dirks who lost the strip to William Randolph Hearst in a court case. The strip was taken over by Harold H. Knerr, but Dirks retained rights to the characters and produced a rival cartoon under The Captain & the Kids for Pulitzer papers for several decades. Five artists followed Dirks and Knerr creating the strip for Hearst.
posted by madamjujujive at 4:04 PM PST - 14 comments


The 24th Chaos Communication Congress, "the annual four-day conference organized by the Chaos Computer Club is taking place in Berlin right now. The Congress offers lectures and workshops on a multitude of topics and attracts a diverse audience of thousands of hackers, scientists, artists, and utopians from all around the world." Lectures are also being streamed live (Check the CCC Tube) [more inside]
posted by kolophon at 3:16 PM PST - 4 comments

The Valley of the Dawn

Reading the January edition of Harper's, about Brasilia, I was struck by a bit about what is apparently one of many cults in around the capital city: the Valley of the Dawn. A Jewish UFO cult? The ultimate in syncretic religions? Book your flight now.They're a lot more open to foreigners than Macumba
posted by kozad at 1:53 PM PST - 9 comments


Parmenides. "The pre-Socratic philosopher sparked an intellectual revolution that still echoes today. Yet for philosophy and science to continue to progress in the 21st century, we may need to embark on an entirely new cognitive journey ."
posted by homunculus at 1:36 PM PST - 21 comments

Cerebus creator Dave Sim's new comic glamourpuss

Aardvark Vanaheim presents: The Fabulous World of glamourpuss. Four years after publishing the 300th and final issue of his epic-length Cerebus, comic artist Dave Sim has announced that he is launching a new bi-monthly title debuting April, 2008. The topic? Fashion. [more inside]
posted by nanojath at 12:57 PM PST - 24 comments

A collection of unusual maps

A collection of unusual maps from Maps: Finding Our Place in the World by James Akerman and Robert Karrow, including slavery maps of the US from the 19th Century, maps of the voyage of the Pequod from Moby Dick and a mappe of Fairyland. All the maps are available in high resolutions with zoom functioning. [via The Edge of the American West]
posted by Kattullus at 12:33 PM PST - 12 comments

Pictures of Plastered Women's home page title reads "exploring the sexuality of an attractive woman in a plaster of Paris leg cast" There's something for everyone out on the interwebs, and if you're interested in purchasing snapshots of young women in leg casts, tracking cast sightings on tv and in movies, or checking out vintage images from magazines and newspapers, this might be for you. NSFW, although not a Spanking The Monkey sort of NSFW
posted by stagewhisper at 12:10 PM PST - 30 comments

gnignis sdrawkcab

Apparently there is no trickery here; just a lot of practice, which allows this guy to sing backwards. [more inside]
posted by quin at 10:16 AM PST - 42 comments

A lovely little thinker but a bugger when he's pissed

"This book runs the full gamut from the mediocre to the ludicrous to the merely bad." So begins philosopher Colin McGinn's review of Ted Honderich's On Consciousness. "It is a pity that his own efforts here are so shoddy, inept, and disastrous." The harsh words are the latest conflict between the radical externalist and new mysterian views on consciousness, but Honderich traces the disagreement to a conversation the two men had 25 years ago: "I suggested to him that his new girlfriend was not as plain as the old one, and I could see the blood drain out of his face." The feud is discussed at the philosophy blog Leiter Reports. [more inside]
posted by LarryC at 9:46 AM PST - 50 comments

Benazir Bhutto Assasinated

Benazir Bhutto was killed in an apparent assasination. Previously thought to have escaped the blast unscathed, she was killed by a shot to the neck. [more inside]
posted by Lord_Pall at 5:43 AM PST - 481 comments

December 26

Brainwashed by a parasite

Brainwashed by a parasite A look at Cordyceps, a parasitic fungi that infects insects and other arthropods. Don't miss the videos, especially this one. They're the best part.
posted by puke & cry at 11:48 PM PST - 37 comments

quoting with image maps

Kwout, Use it to grab a quick quotation or other screen shot from a web site and embed it into a blog or other website (one click to Flickr and Tumblr).. [via/via] [more inside]
posted by nickyskye at 10:48 PM PST - 20 comments

Many Retirees May Lose Benefit From Employers

The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission said Wednesday that employers could reduce or eliminate health benefits for retirees when they turn 65 and become eligible for Medicare without violating the Age Discrimination in Employment Act [more inside]
posted by brevator at 8:18 PM PST - 80 comments


The Plesiosaur Directory: Your online resource for everything 'plesiosaur'. [Previously, on MeFi]
posted by hermitosis at 6:32 PM PST - 8 comments


The number of accidents at one intersection dropped by 95 percent , from 200 a year to about 10... "You can't deny the numbers," he added. "Half the world is eager to see what's going to happen with this program."
Apparently, people in India can handle it. (Surely you saw this on Reddit?)
posted by jaronson at 6:15 PM PST - 63 comments

Human Album Covers

Half-human album covers. Also known as "sleevefaces."
posted by KevinSkomsvold at 3:57 PM PST - 30 comments

When fascism comes to America it will be wrapped in a flag and carrying a cross

American Fascists: A CBC interview with author Chris Hedges regarding the Christians Right's onward march toward political power.
posted by plexi at 1:26 PM PST - 86 comments

The Imperial Presidency

Candidates on executive power: a full spectrum. Boston Globe reporter Charlie Savage, who won a Pulitzer Prize for his work on presidential signing statements, surveyed the major 2008 presidential candidates about their views on the limits of executive power. [BugMeNot, via Huffington Post.] [more inside]
posted by homunculus at 1:21 PM PST - 18 comments

Do You Smell What I Smell?

77 year-old Robert Schoff spent Christmas Eve wedged upside down in the opening of his septic tank. And how was your Christmas?
posted by weapons-grade pandemonium at 12:24 PM PST - 31 comments

Photoshopped pictures of people with mouths instead of eyes

Photoshopped pictures of people with mouths instead of eyes via Neil Gaiman who may or may not have pioneered the concept with his nightmarish creation The Corinthian.
posted by Kattullus at 12:00 PM PST - 56 comments

Tales of marrying the devil

Did you ever hear the story / of Belinda O'McHugh / She was courted by the Devil / And she didn't know what to do / He came a courtin' ev'ry evenin' / So Belinda got to thinkin' / She would be the Devil's wife / It was better far than bein' / An old maid all her life
posted by Astro Zombie at 11:55 AM PST - 4 comments


The Bacon Cheese Baconburger
posted by empath at 11:30 AM PST - 114 comments

So long and Thanks!

Some of the inventors and creators that died in 2007 who leave behind something for us to remember them by: David H. Shepard (Optical Readers, Farrington B numeric font), J. Robert Cade (Gatorade), Herbert Saffir (The Hurricane Scale), George Rieveschl (beta-dimethylaminoethylbenzhydryl ether hydrochloride --- a.k.a. Benadryl), Arthur Jones (Nautilus machines), Jack Odell (Matchbox Cars), Raymond Douglas (Color in the NY Times), George Kovacs (The ubiquitous halogen torchiere lamp), Martin J. Weber (The Posterization technique), Edwin Traisman (Cheez Whiz and McD's French Fries), Ed Yost (Modern Hot-Air Ballooning), Theodore Maiman (The Laser), John Billings (The Rhythm Method), Paul C. Lauterbur (The M.R.I.), John W. Backus (Fortran), Florence Z. Melton (Slippers), James Hillier (The Electron Microscope), Iwao Takamoto ("Scooby-Doo"), and Momofuku Ando (Instant Ramen). So it goes.
posted by about_time at 10:43 AM PST - 13 comments

Silicon implants for your Tattoo

Any idiot can tattoo a busty woman on his flesh. It takes committment to give your tattoo silicon implants.
posted by jonson at 9:43 AM PST - 83 comments

"MY DOG SOPHY" by Thomas Monahan

"MY DOG SOPHY" by Thomas Monahan This boy, 9, died in a house fire while attempting to rescue his dog Sophie. This article contains a scan the book he wrote for his companion. Devastating.
posted by lilboo at 8:08 AM PST - 63 comments

Make me a Muslim ...wait, what ?

Make me a Muslim. The recently aired three episodes show takes a glamour model who wants to experience being completely hidden under a dress ,a skin therapist looking for meaning of life, a taxi driver that strongly feels islam is threatening UK lifestyle, a school teacher who wants to learn, an interracial interreligion couple and a flaming gay hairdresser tired of shallow party life. Take this colourful bunch and have two imams, a preacher and a converted woman lead them through an "islamic lifestyle" experience. You can watch the results here , I guess at least for a while.
posted by elpapacito at 7:20 AM PST - 59 comments

US Census Bureau's DataWeb

TheDataWeb - a network of online data libraries on topics including census data, economic data, health data, income and unemployment data, population data, labor data, cancer data, crime and transportation data, family dynamics, vital statistics data
posted by Gyan at 7:03 AM PST - 10 comments

Straight on Till Mornin'

"23 days, 12 states, five Canadian provinces, and 10,923 miles. We came within a hundred miles of the Arctic Circle and 500 miles of Russia. And we saw the most beautiful place that can be imagined." In June of last year, Clint and Robin drove from Chicago to Alaska and back again. Last August they headed into the great American west. Along the way they took some beautiful photos and made some inspired observations. If you've got some time on your hands, and some wanderlust in your heart, read along.
posted by Roman Graves at 12:19 AM PST - 15 comments

Clock Evolution Model

Natural selection and evolution in clocks(youtube) - Video of the details and results of a program written to model the evolution of clocks (if they were alive). [more inside]
posted by Stunt at 12:01 AM PST - 46 comments

December 25

Ondes Martenot, or, When Maurice Met Leon.

When Maurice Martenot met Lev Sergeivich Termen in the early 1920's and heard his revolutionary new musical instrument the Theremin, he was inspired to create his own electroacoustic instrument , which he christened Ondes Martenot. Next year will mark the 80th anniversary of the first performance of this remarkable hybrid keyboard which, aside from its lovely and ethereal sound, is also aesthetically pleasing visually, with its handsome collection of multiple speakers. See and hear the instrument being played and explained in this video interview and demonstration by Jean Laurendeau, which closes with a lovely rendition of the theme from Star Trek. And, here's the instrument in use, live, alongside who else? Radiohead. [more inside]
posted by flapjax at midnite at 11:04 PM PST - 20 comments

Human History in 60 Seconds

First, tribes: tough life.

Part of the 60 Second Lecture Series
posted by riley370 at 10:26 PM PST - 11 comments

Man killed by escaped tiger at San Francisco Zoo

One man was killed and two others critically injured when Siberian tiger Tatiana escaped from her pen at the San Francisco Zoo. The men were eating at a cafe on the Ocean Boulevard end of the zoo. The tiger was shot to death by police at the scene. Tatiana, allegedly not known for violence, mauled her keeper one year and three days ago, after which the Lion House was closed for ten months for a $250,000 safety upgrade. It reopened in September, 2007.
posted by rednikki at 9:58 PM PST - 149 comments

Tiny buildings made of paper.

Tiny Buildings - "a collection of tiny buildings handcrafted from business cards, packaging and other nice papers."
posted by dobbs at 6:33 PM PST - 10 comments

Faces of the Divine

India's Ancient Art. "Fifth-century painters created stunning murals in dim man-made caves. A gifted photographer brings them to light." [more inside]
posted by homunculus at 1:16 PM PST - 13 comments

the hellidays spirit

A good chuckle about surviving the hellidays: Dysfunctional Family Holidays, the music l an interactive karaoke with several songs l What exactly is a dysfunctional family? l What are the roles for the kids? [more inside]
posted by nickyskye at 10:16 AM PST - 4 comments

A reading of "In the Late December," by Greg van Eekhout

"In the Late December" (MP3 link), by Greg van Eekhout, is a Nebula award-nominated story about Santa Claus and the end of the universe, and is Escape Pod #138. (By the way, this is a very dark story -- there's no sex or violence but this probably isn't suitable for kids, where "kids" is defined as a stereotypical aggregate of child-like characteristics. Yours may be different.)
posted by JHarris at 8:24 AM PST - 13 comments

Merry Christmas, Rabbi!

Inspired by this article, I thought Christmas would be the perfect (huh?) day to introduce the late poet, author, spiritual leader, thinker, and civil rights activist Rabbi Abraham Joshua Heschel.
posted by bassjump at 8:18 AM PST - 7 comments

Liberation Army Against Freedom!

Friends and foes, witness the true firepower of the Liberation Army Against Freedom. We have been amassing a fearsome arsenal, and soon the world will tremble at the Mother of All (Fireworks) Rockets. [more inside]
posted by adrianhon at 7:02 AM PST - 11 comments

A reading of "A Child's Christmas in Wales" by Dylan Thomas

Audio of Dylan Thomas reading his poem "A Child's Christmas in Wales". (real media and mp3)
posted by Brandon Blatcher at 12:24 AM PST - 7 comments

December 24


Seen any OLPC news stories for christmas??
posted by jeffburdges at 10:05 PM PST - 77 comments

Oy vey, no Kwanza specials... sorry.

Time to kill while waiting for Santa to arrive/dinner to digest/family to leave? Well, here's a Very Special Holiday Episode fpp just for you. God bless us, every one. [more inside]
posted by miss lynnster at 8:56 PM PST - 49 comments

Doo doo doo doo doo doo doo doo...

It's easy with the excessive shopping, TV specials, nonstop music, etc. but tomorrow we honor one of mankind's most important people. A man who told parables to the masses of how the meek shall inherit the earth, how to serve man, and how to face our own personal demons. People have built monuments to him, even died in his name. I am, of course, referring to Rod Serling (born 12/25/1924). Merry Serlingmas!
posted by champthom at 8:33 PM PST - 19 comments

A Motherlode of Ancient TV

A motherlode of ancient TV has been found at a web address near you! Journey now to the dim, poorly produced, and poorly preserved, but somehow incredibly sweet primitive ancestors of today's tv travesties. See Captain Video hawk his amazing ring. Or gape as Foodini and Pinhead perform acts impossible for mere flesh-and-blood creatures. And these are not 10-second clips--they're whole shows.
And ads.
And Variety (that means a bunch of unrelated entertaining music, dance, or comedy segments, each a few minutes long)--in English, not Spanish like nowadays (cf Sabado_Gigante) [more inside]
posted by hexatron at 8:31 PM PST - 3 comments

Photographs of Authors

Pictures of writers in a thread on I Love Music. Lots and lots of pictures of lots of writers. Another thread from the same board with more pictures (some duplicates). Author photos are most often seen on dust jackets or in the back of books, a practice Frances Wilson wishes to see abolished. One famous connoisseur of pictures of writers is Javier Marías who wrote a whole book on the subject, Written Lives. Here are a few excerpts from the book: William Faulkner, Isak Dinesen (pen name of Karen Blixen) and an edited extract covering a whole lot of authors. [more inside]
posted by Kattullus at 6:17 PM PST - 11 comments

Judge a book by its cover.

Site for Henry Sene Yee, book designer. Site includes finished pieces and rejected proofs.
posted by dobbs at 5:13 PM PST - 9 comments

King William College Quiz

The King William College Quiz, apparently now my only FPP in a year (since the last quiz), hopefully as hard as ever, but unlikely to reward my brand of laziness. Merry Christmas! See previous posts for laying out answers, I'll post the Guardians' answer sheet in January.
posted by biffa at 2:46 PM PST - 101 comments

Moustache Monday

Merry Moustache Monday!
posted by homunculus at 1:10 PM PST - 16 comments

Alices in Wonderlands

Alice illustrations other than Tenniel [more inside]
posted by carsonb at 12:44 PM PST - 7 comments

Santa visits some interesting places

Ho, ho, ho! Santa visits Iraq. Seen via NORAD. [more inside]
posted by zerobyproxy at 12:19 PM PST - 20 comments

Oscar Peterson 1925 - 2007

Oscar Peterson passed away last night. [more inside]
posted by bluedaniel at 10:53 AM PST - 80 comments

a parable of rodents and men

Peace on Earth - 1939 Disney animation directed by Hugh Harman. And Goodwill to Men, a 1955 remake by Hanna-Barbera.
posted by madamjujujive at 8:37 AM PST - 29 comments

Clement Clark, No More?

What to my wondering eyes should appear but the suggestion that "A Visit From St. Nicholas," the classic poem which has defined the American Santa Claus, from red suit and big belly to reindeer and chimney-delivery method, was written not by classics professor Clement Clarke Moore but by poet and military man Henry Livingston. Though some think the authorship controversy is sugarplum vision of Livingston's descendents, other scholars the claim: literary 'detective' Donald Foster agrees (though his sleuthing record is not unblemished). Leading historian of Christmas Stephen Nissenbaum, says that either way, St. Nick is the product of the same social world, that of the wealthy white elite in the New York of the early Republic. If the claim is true, then in the convoluted history of the manuscript we've gotten some reindeer names wrong.
posted by Miko at 7:59 AM PST - 17 comments


Terry Pratchett's Hogfather, in 22 parts on YouTube. (Previously)
posted by Wolfdog at 7:43 AM PST - 36 comments

He's not, like, a garden item.

Potrait of an internet troll (with actual potrait of the internet troll). Includes one-bedroom apartment, dead-end and part-time jobs, and not-so-secret underground lair.
posted by orthogonality at 7:25 AM PST - 92 comments

Totally circular, dude.

Alexander Overwijk draws a perfect circle. Is it really "perfect"? Hell, I dunno. But if it ain't, well, it's pretty close. And see big Al get rounder than everyone else, as he takes top prize at the 2007 World Freehand Circle Drawing Championship. WARNING: Pearl Jam audio on 2nd link. Volume mute is advised.
posted by flapjax at midnite at 5:41 AM PST - 37 comments

Santa's Ghetto

Santa's Ghetto: Stirring art from behind the Jerusalem Wall.
posted by thewalrusispaul at 5:41 AM PST - 14 comments

December 23

Auggie Wren's Christmas Story

Auggie Wren's Christmas Story, by Paul Auster. Read by the author and brought to life in the movie Smoke.
posted by billyfleetwood at 11:48 PM PST - 5 comments

Make sure to clean your logfiles.

Ever admired those hard-working hackers, toiling away to get you the programs you've always loathed to have? Have you ever dreamt of exploring the innards of someone else's computer but have held back due to those pesky legalities? If you said yes to either of the above questions or just want to play an online hacking simulation, then SlaveHack is the website for you. [more inside]
posted by flatluigi at 10:31 PM PST - 9 comments

Jack Benny Christmas Shows

Enjoy a heaping helping of old time radio with classic Christmas specials from The Jack Benny Show. [more inside]
posted by dhammond at 10:02 PM PST - 7 comments

The Four Horsemen

The Four Horsemen: Just in time for holidays, enjoy a pleasant chat between the world's most famous atheists - Richard Dawkins, Sam Harris, Christopher Hitchens and Daniel Dennett.
posted by empath at 8:52 PM PST - 79 comments

The Marines Will Like My Shooting. And They Are Going to Like Me.

Do You Know What I'm Going To Do Next Saturday? is a Flickr set of the pages from Helen Palmer Geisel's (Dr. Seuss's first wife) now out of print children's book that gained notoreity for its depiction of children doing fun & very dangerous things like joining the marines, playing with guns & fighting American Gladiator style.
posted by jonson at 6:22 PM PST - 34 comments

I'm too sad to tell you...

A site for artist Bas Jan Ader (wikipedia) who was last seen in 1975 when he took off in what would have been the smallest sailboat ever to cross the Atlantic. Site includes his most famous piece, I'm Too Sad to Tell You.
posted by dobbs at 5:08 PM PST - 15 comments

and other Curiosities, Antiquities and Gadgetry too numerous to mention!

Virtual Tour of Steve's Weird House. "Stephen resides in a Victorian home that is a cluttered combination of museum, library and art gallery, decorated with that old-world Addam's Family charm. Not only is every inch of every wall covered with art, but all the ceilings are also decorated." (Via.)
posted by Astro Zombie at 3:14 PM PST - 23 comments

eclectic galleries is a Russian site worth exploring with some pretty awesome, eclectic galleries (some nsfw). Naoto Hattori, 134 paintings of surrealistic Mona Lisas transformed and more l Child Soldiers Dream Simply of Being Children ads for Amnesty International/photographs by Michael Lewis l Christian Lohfink's playfully mischievous and dark humor photographs l Elliott Erwitt's superb black and white photographs, many iconic l [more inside]
posted by nickyskye at 2:00 PM PST - 17 comments

Robinson Jeffers

Robinson Jeffers: Peace Poet. [Via Hit & Run.] [more inside]
posted by homunculus at 1:05 PM PST - 4 comments

Electric Christmas Trees

Electric Christmas Trees. [more inside]
posted by Tube at 11:22 AM PST - 3 comments

Eric Volz Freed

Eric Volz Freed. Following a thirty-year sentence and a later appeal, Eric Volz was set free by a Nicaraguan court. As discussed in The Blue previously. His family's statement.
posted by John of Michigan at 11:20 AM PST - 10 comments


"Wall Dogs" were sign painters that crafted ads directly on the walls of buildings (in time becoming Ghost Signs, previously posted on Mefi 1, 2, 3) and their craft is not dead.
posted by Brandon Blatcher at 10:50 AM PST - 6 comments

Privatize profit. Socialize risk.

Push Capitalism. Bill Moyers' interview with Dr. Benjamin Barber about the state of our modern capitalist society and how he believes capitalism threatens American democracy. streaming video. [more inside]
posted by orelius at 10:26 AM PST - 74 comments

3D Animation Short Films in Spanish

A YouTube Channel devoted to 3D animation student projects
posted by jlori at 9:21 AM PST - 3 comments

One Gorilla Drumming

It's an advert for chocolate. It's a man in a gorilla suit drumming to a track by Philip Collins Ltd. It's been very popular. It's won awards. It's been spoofed. And it's been mashed-up... some bad (Metalica (sic), ACDC, Guns and Roses), some good (Bonnie Tyler, Subsource, A Skillz, Bon Jovi, Deep Purple, Nirvana) and some utterly sublime ('Enders, Bodyrockers, Cameo). But great adverts don't always equal great sales. Bonus: Monkey Drummer. (Previously)
posted by fearfulsymmetry at 8:57 AM PST - 38 comments

Тхундербирдс являются дороге!

Russian cold war bombers - The Tu 95 Bear and Tu 160 Blackjack, based in central Russia, which resumed long range patrols in August.
posted by Artw at 8:28 AM PST - 52 comments

Street fighting men first had to pay their dues

You can't always get what you want, but if you try sometimes, you just might find, you can get what you need. [more inside]
posted by punkfloyd at 7:01 AM PST - 22 comments

Stand up! Stand up and be counted...

Census sensitivity. The Economist takes a look at the politics of enumeration.
posted by goo at 2:40 AM PST - 14 comments

Proof positive that Japan is a sick, sick place.

After I posted this article, many people asked me who listens to that berserk music. Well, it's most popular with Japanese girls lumped under the general term "gyaru". It is not really a fashion movement per se, as it has fractured into scores of rapidly-evolving subgroups--usually hostile to each other, even though many appear the same to the uninitiated. In fact, the book Japanese Schoolgirl Inferno, published in 2007, is already said to be out of date. This website is a bit more current. What do "gyaru" look like? There are now quite a few slideshows of gyaru on the streets of Tokyo on YouTube. Examples: here, here, and here. And for those who need to buy these "fashions", the primary bibles are FRUiTS and Egg. There is something wrong with that country.......
posted by metasonix at 2:34 AM PST - 78 comments

December 22

Gravel's F**king Dope!

"Presidential candidate" Mike Gravel raps, and other rappers rap for Gravel as well.
posted by dhammond at 9:57 PM PST - 9 comments

"Greetings! Welcome to another edition of Team Fortress 2 Trivia!"

Team Fortress 2 Griefing and More Team Forturess 2 Griefing.
posted by empath at 8:16 PM PST - 58 comments

I Waterboard!

I Waterboard! If I had the choice of being waterboarded by a third party or having my fingers smashed one at a time by a sledgehammer, I'd take the fingers, no question.
posted by telstar at 5:45 PM PST - 85 comments

Proliferation, house by house

The hippies next door are installing solar panels. Me, I'm waiting for my Toshiba Home Nuclear Reactor. I'm no early adopter, either; up in Galena the grizzlies have been keeping their dens warm and hot for several years. Thinking of becoming the first nuclear power on your block? Lots of bullet points, links, and some pretty pix and diagrams in this .pdf and this wiki. (Via Instapundit.)
posted by jfuller at 5:36 PM PST - 60 comments

Her majesty's a pretty nice girl but she doesn't have a lot to say.

"I very much hope that this new medium will make my Christmas message more personal and direct." The queen of England launches her own YouTube channel.
posted by flapjax at midnite at 5:22 PM PST - 77 comments

I, for one, welcome our new Wii remote hacking overlords

Still aren't sure if the Wii is worth the wait in line? That's okay, the Wiimote is all you need for: Low-Cost Multi-point Interactive Whiteboards Using the Wiimote, Tracking Your Fingers with the Wiimote, and the latest: Head Tracking for Desktop VR Displays using the Wii Remote (extremely cool and the easiest to implement). From the maker of the $14 steady-cam [prev. here], Johnny Chung Lee is taking Wiimote hacking to a whole new level, and giving away all necessary software and instructions for free. Wii games are about to get a whole lot cooler. [more inside]
posted by TimeTravelSpeed at 4:36 PM PST - 46 comments

Short dutch films

The short films of Floris Kaayk and Sil van der Woerd blend live-action footage and computer animation. Metalosis Maligna. Swim. Duet. Order Electrum. [more inside]
posted by whir at 4:31 PM PST - 3 comments

He's Making A List, He's Checking It Twice...

Ho[over]! Ho[over]!Ho[over]!
According to a document that was one of many declassified [PDF] by The State Department yesterday, “Former FBI Director J. Edgar Hoover had a plan to suspend the rules against illegal detention and arrest up to 12,000 Americans he suspected of being disloyal....The plan called for the FBI to apprehend all potentially dangerous individuals whose names were on a list Hoover had been compiling for years. ‘The index now contains approximately twelve thousand individuals, of which approximately ninety-seven percent are citizens of the United States,’ Hoover wrote in the now-declassified document. ‘In order to make effective these apprehensions, the proclamation suspends the writ of habeas corpus.’” [habeas corpus previously -- 1, 2, 3, 4, 5.]
posted by ericb at 2:46 PM PST - 58 comments

Words words words. (And symbols!)

Editor wars are some of the most divisive debates among programmers and writers. These days, the battles are between proponents of IDEs like NetBeans, Eclipse, and the like as often as they are between proponents of vi and Emacs, the traditional battlegrounds. That fight hasn't ended, of course. The support of the vi camp has largely solidified behind Vim, the largest and most feature rich (or bloated, if you like nvi) variant, and GNU Emacs has essentially vanquished its internecine rival. Are you a traditionalist? You can find an argument if you really want to. Of course, a lot of people now vote for third parties. There are candidates for the ignorant, for the masochistic, and the insane. Some people are more comfortable with familiar interfaces. Still others are obsessed. [Previously]
posted by sonic meat machine at 1:04 PM PST - 96 comments

A World Fit for Children

Progress for Children: A World Fit for Children Statistical Review "reports on how well the world is doing in meeting its commitments for the world’s children. This UNICEF special edition analyses progress towards the Millennium Development Goals in four priority areas for children: promoting healthy lives, providing a quality education, combating HIV and AIDS, and protecting against abuse, exploitation and violence." [more inside]
posted by homunculus at 1:00 PM PST - 2 comments

Collage: online image database

Collage is an online image database from the collections of the City of London Libraries and the Guildhall Art Gallery. Images cover the last five centuries. You can search by key word or browse by theme, artist/engraver, person or place. [more inside]
posted by paduasoy at 12:13 PM PST - 7 comments

The Weird World of Backstreet Boys fans (pre USA fame)

While the Spice Girls are currently inflicting their 4th division nightclub appearance act on their poor fans I was rather surprised to see a tiny little ad in the newspaper announcing a UK tour by the Backstreet Boys. While on the surface it seems that this reflects the popularity of one over the other, I can't help thinking that this is pretty much the way they want it (hee!) having observed how completely insane their fans used to be. [more inside]
posted by gatchaman at 11:12 AM PST - 64 comments

The Bus reaches the Cross-road.

They were polite to us. They were more than happy for us to come to the rallies and stand in lines for hours to cheer on the candidates.... But when they got elected, behind closed doors, they would laugh at us and speak with scorn and derision that we were, as one article I think once said "the easily led." So there's been almost this sort of, it's okay if you guys get a seat on the bus, but don't ever think about telling us where the bus is going to go.
[more inside]
posted by orthogonality at 10:32 AM PST - 115 comments

I want a pony, I want a pony ...

Secret lives: Santa Claus Steady Mobbin' - I fear this will lead to no good.
posted by madamjujujive at 9:26 AM PST - 12 comments

The Grinch

You're A Mean One Mr. Grinch l The Grinch Song lyrics. l How the Grinch Stole Christmas documentary: a behind-the-scenes look at the creation of this perennial favorite. Featuring never-before-seen animation tests and interviews with director Chuck Jones, Audrey Geisel (Dr. Seuss' widow), composer Albert Hague, vocalist Thurl Ravenscroft, and Seuss aficionados Tim Burton & Danny Elfman, this 1994 special from cable channel TNT contains a sleigh-load of information for Grinch fans. [more inside]
posted by nickyskye at 8:37 AM PST - 12 comments

Maybe Rap Really is the Poetry of Our Time...

Watch Sam Harris read "Soulja Boy" in....a unique style. (YT, slightly NSFW due to language) (skip to 0:15 for the actual video) And the original song. [more inside]
posted by DMan at 8:24 AM PST - 40 comments

Working Cats in NYC

Working Class Cats documents the lives of gainfully employed felines in NYC. There is, of course, some controversy. [via]
posted by milquetoast at 7:42 AM PST - 36 comments

Home "Sweet" Home

Home "Sweet" Home : Bake For a Change challenges readers to build a sustainable gingerbread house. [more inside]
posted by grapefruitmoon at 5:14 AM PST - 10 comments

fewer books, more forum

The bookforum site deserves to be brought to the attention of right thinking MeFis everywhere. It like a collection of really good front page posts: annotated collections of 10 or so links from disparate sources on a common theme. [more inside]
posted by shothotbot at 4:41 AM PST - 9 comments

Straight 8

Straight 8 challenges anyone to make a 3 minute film on one cartridge of super 8 film, editing only in-camera, with a separate original soundtrack. The best of each year is shown at Cannes Film Festival. [Some NSFW videos] [more inside]
posted by carsonb at 2:10 AM PST - 14 comments

December 21

Yahoo's new BravoNation

Yahoo's new BravoNation brings Xbox Live type achievements to the world outside of gaming. You can send or receive homemade awards from any user. They are banking on third party sites using their API to hand out bravo awards to people for doing various things. Our own waxpancake has the exclusive first look.
posted by riffola at 9:53 PM PST - 21 comments

13 shot venti soy hazelnut vanilla cinnamon white mocha with extra white mocha and caramel

The Most Expensive Drink at Starbucks.
posted by dhammond at 9:37 PM PST - 62 comments

The real life Papa Smurf?

The man with blue skin. No, not these posers, but this guy. Fifty-seven year old Paul Karason has blue skin. He drinks colloidal silver which can cause a medical condition called argyria.
posted by MaryDellamorte at 8:44 PM PST - 70 comments

Who is naming who?

This Flash tool from the New York Times shows you how many times each candidate has named each of the other candidates, suggesting which candidates the others perceive as worthy of addressing. It's a very neat and efficient visualization tool. Guess who everyone can't stop mentioning?
posted by Brian James at 5:21 PM PST - 39 comments

to ascertain what degree of resolution was necessary in order to place one’s self in formal opposition to the most sacred laws of society

Stand and Deliver! Dick Turpin was the quintessential highwayman, perhaps not as flamboyant as "Swift Nick" Nevison or as low profile as Jerry Abershaw, but legends abound about his exploits. He was buried (several times) in York after throwing himself off the gallows. 'Course, he's got his own heavy metal band, and his own swashbuckling t.v. adventure series (from 1979 to 1982) in which breathless maids said with heaving breasts "Dick 's been taken" (but of course, you can't hold Dick for long).
posted by Smedleyman at 4:44 PM PST - 12 comments

This list will eat itself.

Best list of Best of 2007 lists of 2007.
posted by goodnewsfortheinsane at 2:55 PM PST - 25 comments

Fake news is dead! Long live fake news!

The Daily Colbert Show Report returns January 7th! ...sorta. [more inside]
posted by Rhaomi at 2:36 PM PST - 135 comments

'Werewolf Boy': The Wild Child of Russia

Like Victor, the Wild Boy of Aveyron (made famous through François Truffaut's film L'Enfant Sauvage), a modern-day feral child, known as 'werewolf boy ' "who snarls and bites [has] escaped from a Moscow clinic just a day after being rescued from the wild." "The boy, who looks about ten, moves around with his legs half bent and 'was running with wolves and searching for food with them.' Police, who named him Lyokha, said villagers found him in a lair made of leaves and sticks in freezing temperatures." * [Feral Children previously on MeFi - 1, 2]
posted by ericb at 2:30 PM PST - 15 comments

1961. The Alvin Show

The Alvin Show, 1961. The Chipmunk Song (Christmas Don't Be Late). The Witch Doctor, Pop Goes The Weasel, Chipmunk Fun and The Alvin Twist
posted by R. Mutt at 2:22 PM PST - 16 comments

The arms of the wicked shall be broken, but the Lord upholdeth the righteous.

Armed guards in church? Colorado's New Life Church: "The church's undercover security force is made up of an undisclosed number of volunteers with military or law-enforcement backgrounds, who carry radios and concealed weapons when they attend services." One of these guards recently shot a deranged gunman. [more inside]
posted by CCBC at 1:57 PM PST - 126 comments


The Dec. 13th cover of the Lewiston Tribune [pdf] features an "unidentified thief" under a picture of a familiar looking window decorator [via waxy via vsl] [more inside]
posted by null terminated at 1:39 PM PST - 22 comments

"Moving The Homeless Forward One Step At A Time"

"When we're running, you can't tell. When people look at us, they don't point and go, 'Yeah, he's homeless, she's not, she's educated.'" Mahlum explained, "You look and say, 'Oh, look at the runners.' That's a positive association, because there's no separation." [more inside]
posted by stagewhisper at 1:34 PM PST - 8 comments

Scooch closer, children.

Christopher Walken riffs on a Christmas classic.
posted by Dipsomaniac at 12:58 PM PST - 23 comments

Free online games, courtesy of Slate

Just in time for Flash Friday, Slate lists the best free online games. The first one they mention, The Tall Stump, has been on MeFi previously, but there's more—even an Infocom-style text-based game.
posted by cerebus19 at 12:29 PM PST - 9 comments

Family Adopts Slain Son's Military Dog

"Lex has had two tours in Iraq," Jerome Lee said. "He's been through a lot, and we just want to get Lex home to our family and let him have a happy life." It is the first time a working dog has been granted retirement to live with a handler's family. [more inside]
posted by miss lynnster at 12:21 PM PST - 19 comments

O Wholly Night

In a small triumph of humanity/common sense over technology, a supermarket experiencing a computer crash gives customers their "purchases" free of charge until the cash registers are up and running again.
posted by weapons-grade pandemonium at 11:57 AM PST - 40 comments

Let These Earth Creatures Have Their Fun - For Now!

Invaders from the Ice World is a Silver Age DC Comics story (available here as a PDF in its entirety) about the time living Snowmen who shoot lasers from their eyes came to attack the Earth. Merry Christmas!! (found via I'm Learning To Share)
posted by jonson at 10:41 AM PST - 10 comments

"You scumbag, you maggot / You cheap lousy *BEEP*"

Fairytale of New York... censored! No, not now... Shane will make 50 this Christmas... Sadly not Kirsty.
posted by fearfulsymmetry at 10:06 AM PST - 86 comments

Bureau of Communication

Send messages to friends with fun, bureaucratic fill-in forms! Bureau of Communication has funny faux-bureaucratic forms that you can send to your friends. Whether you need to communicate a problem, send an invitation to an event, or simply apologize for a transgression, our easy-to-use forms will ensure that your message is clearly conveyed.
posted by lsemel at 9:24 AM PST - 29 comments

The "attractive nuisance" in the red suit.

He keeps his white gloved hands where parents can see them. And buys liability insurance, just in case.
posted by chlorus at 7:40 AM PST - 58 comments

Arabella Spencer-Churchill, RIP

Arabella Spencer Churchill, granddaughter of Winston Churchill and co-founder of the Glastonbury rock festival is dead at 58. Sadly, on this very same day, her son was sentenced to three years prison in Australia on drug charges.
posted by flapjax at midnite at 4:51 AM PST - 21 comments

Let The Bells Ring Out For Christmas

Dingle Bells - Friday Festive Fun. Not very entertaining without speakers. [more inside]
posted by armoured-ant at 4:15 AM PST - 5 comments

The experiments of Sergei Bryukhonenko

After inventing the autojector, the worlds first artifical heart-lung machine, Sergei Bryukhonenko began to experiment on keeping severed dog heads alive and bringing dogs back from the dead, as shown in the film Experiments in the Revival of Organisms (some links contain mildly ghoulish stills from film).
posted by Brandon Blatcher at 2:37 AM PST - 43 comments

The Flash days of Christmas

An Advent Calendar of games
posted by No Mutant Enemy at 12:04 AM PST - 5 comments

December 20

Dragon's Feathers

Les plumes du dragon. A storybook in French by Andrej and Olga Dugin. [Via MONSTER BRAINS.]
posted by homunculus at 11:31 PM PST - 11 comments

Vintage Soviet Christmas Cards

Vintage Soviet-era Christmas Cards. They're certainly cheerful! (via)
posted by Jimbob at 8:06 PM PST - 43 comments

Creepypasta: Scary microfiction for the internet age.

BEKs, "Easter Eggs," The Holders... Welcome to the world of creepypasta -- short, oft-repeated scary stories, anecdotes, and "facts." [more inside]
posted by hjo3 at 6:55 PM PST - 43 comments

Underwater Sculpture

British artist Jason de Caires Taylor creates an underwater sculpture park in the West Indies, not only to "explore the boundaries between art and the environment" but also to portray a beautiful process that happens to be doing nice things for the ecosystem. You can see a video of the sculptures on YouTube.
posted by dhammond at 6:52 PM PST - 6 comments

"Flynt is arguably the greatest student of the American underbelly since J. Edgar Hoover."

Vanity Fair sits down with Larry Flynt --his history and hits and misses, how much he pays for scandals involving hypocritical public figures, and a new (and limp) Nixon anecdote -- and tons of other juicy tidbits, of course).
posted by amberglow at 6:28 PM PST - 26 comments

Very petite, like a potato

Weng Weng Rap is a musical tribute to the Philippines's beloved 2' 9" tall superspy, the star of such films as For Your Height Only (audio clips). (Some lyrics mildly NSFW.)
posted by whir at 4:11 PM PST - 12 comments

What act / That roars so loud, and thunders in the index?

This one's for all the editors out there! Remember when index cards were actually used to create... indexes?
posted by scody at 3:11 PM PST - 21 comments

Four out of Five People Wash Their Hands.

Four out of Five People Wash Their Hands. Don't be that Fifth Guy. While you're at it, cover your mouth when you cough and stay home when you're sick. Really, how many times do we have to tell you? Wash. Your. Hands. Seriously. [more inside]
posted by grabbingsand at 12:46 PM PST - 153 comments

Put Wet Towels On The Sensor

How to wash your hands and ride the elevators in the new New York Times Building.
posted by Xurando at 12:23 PM PST - 21 comments

Stop making sense of this business of music

David Byrne's Survival Strategies for Emerging Artists — and Megastars Where there was one, now there are six: Six possible music distribution models, ranging from one in which the artist is pretty much hands-off to one where the artist does nearly everything. [more inside]
posted by psmealey at 12:01 PM PST - 36 comments

Life Imitates Satire

In the increasingly surreal battle between the RIAA and music listeners, reality and satire can be hard to discern.
posted by Chinese Jet Pilot at 10:27 AM PST - 50 comments

wonderful ecards

It has now been several years since Jacquie Lawson, an English artist living in the picturesque village of Lurgashall in Southern England, created an animated Christmas card in 2000. The e-card, featuring her dog, Chudleigh, her cats, and her 15th-century cottage, was sent to a few friends for their amusement. Those friends sent the e-card to others, and within weeks Jacquie was inundated with requests from all over the world to design more e-cards. [more inside]
posted by nickyskye at 10:16 AM PST - 29 comments

Annotated Asterix

Typography from the excellent Asterix Annotations. See also.
posted by sushiwiththejury at 10:04 AM PST - 10 comments

Ya heard me?

From the Magnolia to the Calliope to the Melph (part 2, 3, and 4), New Orleans projects are notoriously violent, but through the haze of murder and decay there is a project culture of dancing and revelry. Now the projects are being torn down in a mix of protest and unrest.
posted by plexi at 7:54 AM PST - 23 comments

Take your forms wrestled from the void and get the hell out

Wayne White's paintings [more inside]
posted by 1f2frfbf at 7:37 AM PST - 19 comments

The Open Government Act

Secrecy no more? The first major overhaul of the Freedom of Information act in years is awaiting President Bush's signature. It will finally create an "independent" government agency to handle to disputes between records holders and information requesters. The passage of the act comes after, ironically, after an Arizona senator used a "secret hold" to block the bill. He was ferreted out by a group of journalists.
posted by nospecialfx at 6:34 AM PST - 26 comments

Lakota Indians Declare Independence

The Lakota People have withdrawn from their treaties with the United States, citing numerous violations of those treaties by the US. They plan to start their own country, issuing passports and drivers' licenses and living tax-free.
posted by JDHarper at 6:01 AM PST - 222 comments

Europa über alles?

Von der Maas bis an die Memel,
Von der Etsch bis an den Belt.
Deutschland, Deutschland Europa, Europa über alles, Über alles in der Welt!
posted by orthogonality at 5:55 AM PST - 39 comments

Some Digital Doritos for a lazy Thursday afternoon.

IM IN UR MANGER KILLING UR SAVIOR. And for those who finish watching that video thinking "A lawful evil Paladin? WTF?", here's a video response. And, just because it's too good not to share... honor! [more inside]
posted by Effigy2000 at 12:14 AM PST - 25 comments

Rocking around the Christmas Tree

If you couldn't Guitar Hero III or can't afford Rock Band, or even if you're just not into rocking out, there's still one thing available make your holiday bright.
posted by jacquilynne at 12:05 AM PST - 24 comments

December 19


Scoutmaster is a blog from a long-time troop leader in which he talks both about practical scouting tools, such as how to make a fire and how to lash a tower together, and about current issues with discrimination in the BSA.
posted by Upton O'Good at 11:10 PM PST - 49 comments


The War on Saturnalia.
posted by homunculus at 11:06 PM PST - 13 comments

Wanna get ripped off? Buy from these guys!

Brooklyn thrives on ripping off unaware camera buyers. Here's where these guys operate from...
posted by Sukiari at 10:55 PM PST - 32 comments

Touch not my anointed.

Brooklyn Storefront Houses Of Worship. Amateur photos of 100 storefront houses of worship in Brooklyn, NY.
posted by sklero at 9:45 PM PST - 17 comments

The Trophy World Tour

Back in 2005, I (a trophy) was awarded to a team I didn't think deserved me. So I set out across the world in search of owners. Over the course of two years, said trophy visited throughout the US, Canada, Europe, Australia, and New Zealand, including celebrity visits with Phyllis from The Office and Shawn Marion of the NBA's Phoenix Suns. An exercise in dedicated pranksterdom.
posted by andifsohow at 8:23 PM PST - 21 comments

Cool art russian artists found on livejournal

The livejournal group ru_graphic has been showcasing great artists for years, such as soamo, desmonych, floksystar, malli-ly, olliwander, omie-yomie, zuza1, ya-ya, varka, solntsev-gleb, adul and names.
posted by Brandon Blatcher at 6:07 PM PST - 12 comments

"I never expect to see a perfect work from an imperfect man."

Who was Alexander Hamilton? Bastard, immigrant, Federalist, Secretary of the Treasury, speechwriter, philanderer, industrialist, duelist.
posted by anotherpanacea at 4:39 PM PST - 27 comments

Make your own flag!

Michel Gondry on the making of "Declare Independence" (also, YouTube), his seventh collaboration with Björk. It makes their romp with a Paint Piano a couple years ago seem oddly prescient. [more inside]
posted by hermitosis at 4:02 PM PST - 39 comments

The chimp sat on its haunches, making "ook-ook" noises, while Gordon circled, his gloves held high.

Lucius Shepard has a terrible website, but he tells good stories. For example, his friend Gordon once fought with a chimpanzee. (Cecil Adams said such a fight would be unwise.)
posted by cgc373 at 2:55 PM PST - 28 comments

Best Buy Bodhisattva

Best Buy Bodhisattva. [more inside]
posted by chunking express at 2:23 PM PST - 74 comments


The dangers of living in a zero-sum world economy - naked capitalism reprints (with added commentary) an FT article by Martin Wolf on why it's vital for (civilised) society to sustain a 'positive-sum' world, otherwise: "A zero-sum economy leads, inevitably, to repression at home and plunder abroad." Wolf's solution? "The condition for success is successful investment in human ingenuity." Of course! Some are calling for more socialism, while others would press on to build more megaprojects. For me, at least part of the solution lies in environmental accounting and natural capitalism :P
posted by kliuless at 2:09 PM PST - 42 comments

40 Blogs a seguir en 2008

40 Blogs in Spanish Recommended for 2008 by the authors of Minoic blog ring
posted by jlori at 1:57 PM PST - 7 comments

Wow, isn't that... doing...? Wait.

Alison Jackson takes paparazzi shots of celebrity lookalikes. (NSFW) [more inside]
posted by goodnewsfortheinsane at 1:44 PM PST - 8 comments

World Orgasm Day

December 22 is World Orgasm Day. "WHY? To effect positive change in the energy field of the Earth through input of the largest possible instantaneous surge of human biological, mental and spiritual energy."
posted by Steven C. Den Beste at 1:18 PM PST - 59 comments

Impress your dolphin girlfriend

And here I am kicking my own legs like a sucker. From DEKA Research the folks that made the Segway and DARPA the little defense department that could (bomb you) comes Power Swim which uses an oscillating foil to develop vortices that...uh, it makes you go faster in the water. Some pictures, here. [more inside]
posted by Smedleyman at 11:54 AM PST - 27 comments

Does anybody remember she loves you?

I Wanna Hold Your Stairway The Beatnix perform Stairway to Heaven... as the Beatles might have done it. Probably not much different than the Rutles might have done it.
posted by psmealey at 11:40 AM PST - 44 comments

To no one will we sell, to none will we deny or delay, right or justice.

Ross Perot auctions Magna Carta. Winner: The Carlyle Group [more inside]
posted by butterstick at 11:36 AM PST - 58 comments

2-plankers beware

Enjoy snowboarding but upset over restrictions at certain premier ski areas? Burton Snowboards [embedded sound warning] has a favor to ask...
posted by docpops at 11:33 AM PST - 29 comments

Rockin' the Paradise

The Paradise Theater opened on Chicago's West Side on September 14, 1928, and was billed as the world's most beautiful theater for its stunning interior and exterior beauty. [more inside]
posted by kirkaracha at 10:47 AM PST - 19 comments

math for dummies

Calculations and conversions made simple.
posted by Viomeda at 10:44 AM PST - 33 comments

Pepsi BlueCross BlueShield

The Prepaid Healthcare Visa® Gift Card, for that special someone without insurance on your holiday list. Rejoice! Terry Gilliam's dystopian future is now! [via]
posted by blendor at 8:15 AM PST - 146 comments

There's definitely a method to my madness. Definitely.

Lightning calculator and "mathemagician" Art Benjamin goes through his paces in a 15 minute video.
posted by Wolfdog at 7:37 AM PST - 32 comments

beautiful old illustrations

Packed full of galleries of beautiful illustrations by Maxfield Parrish, Aubrey Beardsley, William Morris, Gustave Doré, Arthur Rackham and others with prints one can buy of any illustration, Artsy Craftsy includes a sumptuous collection of Victorian Fairies illustrations. The site also has the illustrated Fairy Tales of Oscar Wilde, illustrations of cats in fairy tales, Magic Cats, and a selection of beautiful free ecards as well. [more inside]
posted by nickyskye at 7:27 AM PST - 17 comments

Nellis AFB Air Show.

Wednesday morning plane pr0n.
posted by saladin at 7:16 AM PST - 46 comments

Wikipedia: COO wanted

It was revealed last week that former Wikipedia Chief Operating Officer Carolyn Doran was a convicted felon, her prior record includes four convictions for driving under the influence, two of check fraud and petty larceny, one hit and run with fatality, one unlawful wounding for shooting a former boyfriend, suspect in a murder case, and some suspicion surrounding the drowning death of her newlywed husband. Senior Wikipedians are "shocked", and the waves are still reverberating as apparently something totally secret and big is going down at the Foundation (that runs Wikipedia) that may radically alter the board for better or worse.
posted by stbalbach at 6:55 AM PST - 101 comments

Post the past

Gutenberg-e now offers open access to Columbia University Press history ebooks. "These award winning monographs, coordinated with the American Historical Association, afford emerging scholars new possibilities for online publications, weaving traditional narrative with digitized primary sources, including maps, photographs, and oral histories." Found via a link to How Taiwan Became Chinese, one of the books available.
posted by Abiezer at 5:40 AM PST - 8 comments

glass art

Andy Paiko's Glass Sculpture
posted by dhruva at 1:30 AM PST - 17 comments

101 Simple Appetizers in 20 minutes or less

The Minimalist: 101 Simple Appetizers in 20 minutes or less NYT. Registration etc.
posted by lalochezia at 1:01 AM PST - 23 comments

December 18

Irish traditional flute music on video

Everything you want to know about Irish traditional music played on flute, including a guide to the instrument, a guide to styles and a rather comprehensive collection of the best Irish traditional flute videos on the web. And if you like these, perhaps you'd like to learn how to play too. [more inside]
posted by salishsea at 11:23 PM PST - 14 comments

A weakness for Iowa

…you are brilliant and subtle if you come from Iowa and really strange and you live as you live and you are always well taken care of if you come from Iowa. [more inside]
posted by quadog at 10:30 PM PST - 52 comments

Movie prop collecting as a business

It's a bigger business. than you knew. International even. So big that there’s a secondary market of replicas of originals. Some are big, but some are tiny yet very ambitious about collecting. Many choose to build their own, and often they painstakingly document the process. And yes, there is a main watering hole where they ALL gather.
posted by asavage at 9:56 PM PST - 37 comments

Footnote to History

Footnote (mentioned previously but briefly on MeFi) is trying to be the latest big destination for history buffs and family historians on the web, where... "you can view the most exciting original source documents," over 22 million of 'em, some of which are "available for the first time on the internet"! Sure, you have to pay to get to a bunch of the genealogy stuff, but they've also got digital scans of lots of cool American history documents for FREE! A current, more-or-less chronological list of the free docs follows... [more inside]
posted by Misciel at 8:35 PM PST - 8 comments

When you care enough to send the very bewildering.

If you're looking for a good prank this holiday season, why not have someone living in Europe send cryptic, bizarre postcards to your friends. Bidding has commenced.
posted by zardoz at 6:33 PM PST - 29 comments

There and Back Again

Middle Earth Filter: Peter Jackson and New Line to produce The Hobbit and a sequel. After a lengthy legal dispute between the director and the production company behind the epic Lord of the Rings trilogy, the two parties have come to a resolution - and Middle Earth will be back in cinemas in 2010 and 2011.
posted by crossoverman at 6:07 PM PST - 109 comments

Reuters Photos of the Year, Aught Seven

Reuters Pictures of the Year, 2007. Some are NSFW. 109 striking images. [more inside]
posted by milquetoast at 4:21 PM PST - 61 comments

Oswald has been shot

An archive of raw footage and news reports concerning the assassination of JFK and the guy most people think that did it, Oswald.
posted by zzazazz at 3:55 PM PST - 29 comments


Our Decrepit Food Factories. Michael Pollan on what sustainability is really about. [Via Gristmill.]
posted by homunculus at 3:46 PM PST - 27 comments

The Ultimate Paranormalist

Henry Steel Olcott is best known as one of the founders of the Theosophical Society, along with Helena Blavatsky. He died 100 years ago. [more inside]
posted by dbiedny at 3:29 PM PST - 6 comments

The Best Music of 2007 According to

The best music of 2007 according to Stereogum, Pitchfork, All Music, NME, PopMatters, The A.V. Club, Rolling Stone, TIME, MTV, the Guardian, eMusic, Amazon, Spin Magazine, Q, Largehearted Boy, and more. Among the most frequently listed are Radiohead, Spoon, Arcade Fire, Of Montreal, Feist, and The National.
posted by Soup at 3:13 PM PST - 68 comments


"So, at our meeting earlier, you suggested building a robot. Is that something we can really do?" [more inside]
posted by CrunchyFrog at 2:14 PM PST - 33 comments

Tacky Christmas Yards. REALLY Tacky.

tacky christmas yards dot com is exactly what it sounds like. [via]
posted by dersins at 1:28 PM PST - 45 comments

Tales from the Booze Bus

"It is binge drinking. We don't see people who've had just two drinks. People have had 20 shots of vodka." In central London, "Alternative Response Vehicle - or Booze Bus, as it's more commonly known - draw on their reserves of composure, ingenuity and stoicism to treat more than 20 dazed drunks," over the course of a 12-hour shift. [more inside]
posted by geoff. at 1:25 PM PST - 48 comments

Self-publishing in an Internet Age, or, Web Comics Without the Pictures.

Pages Unbound is a portal for serialized web novels, similar to web comic portals such as Buzz Comix and Top Web Comics, if not nearly as fancy. It is a new project by Tales of MU author Alexandra Erin. Note: Tales of MU and some of the novels found on Pages Unbound may be NSFW, as they contain explicit material of various sorts. MU, specifically, is concerned with LGBT issues and racism in a fantasy setting.
posted by Caduceus at 1:17 PM PST - 9 comments

top ten stories

Here are the ten stories you probably missed this year From Foreign Policy. I certainly missed a lot of them. Sorry about the single link.
posted by donfactor at 12:45 PM PST - 13 comments

20 years of line noise and here's to 20 more

@d = localtime(time);
if ($d[4] == 11 && $d[3] == 18 ) {
 print "Happy ".($d[5]-87)."th Birthday, Perl!\n";
if( $ARGV[0] eq "love" || $ARGV[0] eq "hate" ) {
 print "$you can't deny its contribution to our culture\n"; 

posted by [@I][:+:][@I] at 11:46 AM PST - 135 comments

New iPod speaker complete with tortured fish

iCruel: "Even if it does live it's not [a] life worth living ... it's really just a torture box."
posted by james_cpi at 11:26 AM PST - 62 comments

Feliz Nahbehblah

An FPP for your holiday listening pleasure. Ha ha ha. [more inside]
posted by miss lynnster at 11:22 AM PST - 15 comments

Victims of the Rising Tide

As the immigration debate rages, Anti-Latino hate crimes rose by almost 35% between 2003 and 2006. Here are a few dozen of them. To some, this trend may seem perfectly FAIR.
posted by hermitosis at 10:27 AM PST - 50 comments

I'll Remember Mingus

Even if he was a world-class weirdo (or, if you take his words literally, three world-class weirdoes) who spent time in Bellevue, enlisted his psychotherapist to write his liner notes, and allegedly taught his cat to use the toilet (h/t to MeFi's urbanwhaleshark), I'll best remember Charles Mingus for giving me his 1960 take on "I'll Remember April", featuring the most exciting four minutes of music in my entire collection (starting at the 9:25 mark of the video). [more inside]
posted by peacecorn at 9:39 AM PST - 24 comments

For your consideration

Fox Searchlight has made the screenplays to The Darjeeling Limited, Juno, The Namesake, Once, The Savages, and Waitress available online. Paramount Vantage has done the same for A Mighty Heart, Into the Wild, and Margot at the Wedding. (Note: All links are to pdf files.) (Via.)
posted by sveskemus at 9:27 AM PST - 35 comments

Hammer Has Risen From The Grave!... er Rave!

Hammer films are back! ... The classic British horror film company has returned from the dead with the first new film in 20 years to be first broadcast in instalments via MySpace. This has allowed some news programs to camp it up just a little... See the trailer here. Behind the scenes. [more inside]
posted by fearfulsymmetry at 9:23 AM PST - 18 comments

Salvation Lies Within

The holes in the men’s cells were covered by revealing photographs of women in bikinis, which officials displayed at Monday’s news conference. Grudgingly, Mr. Romankow acknowledged the similarity to the film “The Shawshank Redemption.”
posted by brevator at 9:22 AM PST - 28 comments

Literacy & Thought

Twilight of the Books - What will life be like if people stop reading? [more inside]
posted by Gyan at 8:03 AM PST - 88 comments

Is it time to unwrap Oxfam Unwrapped?

Do goats make great gifts? Not everyone thinks so.
posted by teleskiving at 5:53 AM PST - 52 comments

Do The Collage

When he's not recording more songs than Bob Dylan, former Guided by Voices frontman Robert Pollard is busy creating collages, many of which can now be seen online in an exhibit from Studio Dante in New York City. [more inside]
posted by dhammond at 12:31 AM PST - 17 comments

December 17

These forum members are more dedicated than us

Some Russian online communities like to take on unusual challenges. Courtesy of English Russia.
posted by Lord_Pall at 11:29 PM PST - 30 comments

Great job!

Polite Dance Song by The Bird And The Bee, directed by Eric Wareheim, co-creator of Tim and Eric Nite Live, Episode 5 and Mahanahan's Child Clown Outlet.
posted by slogger at 10:48 PM PST - 19 comments

Hitchcock on Hitchcock

Hitchcock on Hitchcock: Alfred Hitchcock reflects on his career in movies, discussing among other things, the origin of the term "MacGuffin", his creative process and what his earliest fear was.
posted by empath at 10:48 PM PST - 7 comments

Who Gets to Tell a Black Story?

Prior to his critically acclaimed program The Wire, creator Edward Burns wrote the HBO miniseries The Corner, which also focused on the drug trade in Baltimore. Charles S. Dutton, an African-American Baltimore native and former convict probably best known to most as TV's "Roc," was chosen to direct the miniseries. Who Gets To Tell a Black Story?, part of a Pulitzer-prize winning NYT series on race in America, examines Dutton's take on how to make a TV program which portrays a mostly African-American cast of characters, the struggles and differing perspectives of Dutton and Burns, and how race is portrayed in Hollywood. [more inside]
posted by whir at 10:02 PM PST - 24 comments

Television keeps you warm

OPENhulu has copied many of the shows featured on hulu, the NBC/Fox joint internet television service that is still in closed beta. While it lasts, watch all of Firefly, the first seasons of Buffy and Arrested Development, and the second season of Heroes. There are also several recent episodes of The Office, Family Guy, House, 30 Rock, The Simpsons, and more, plus new shows from hulu's list will apparently soon be added. For bonus points, compare the original Battlestar Galactica to the new series, or just watch every darn first season A-Team episode.
posted by blahblahblah at 9:55 PM PST - 25 comments

Fly me to the moon!

Astronaut Candidate Program. "The National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) announces the opportunity to apply for the position of Astronaut Candidate to support the International Space Station (ISS) Program." [more inside]
posted by banshee at 9:11 PM PST - 24 comments

Y'ha N'thlei is deeper than they know.

It's Beginning to Look a Lot Like Fish-Men. Brought to you by the H.P. Lovecraft Historical Society
posted by JHarris at 9:08 PM PST - 13 comments

Finally: government surveillance that we can be thankful for!

Curious about what creepy crawlies your kids might be bringing home? Follow the real-time trends for all of the best respiratory and enteric (GI) viruses! [more inside]
posted by scblackman at 8:46 PM PST - 11 comments

Trying to look ecofriendly

Nestle claims that it now puts it's water in ecobottles. "But how much lighter is the bottle?" Fiji also claims a commitment to the environment, but it's still "Bottled in Fiji. Shipped to you". Couldn't we just drink from the tap? Previously.
posted by Airhen at 8:25 PM PST - 51 comments

How Many Five Year Olds Could You Take in a Fight?

How Many Five Year Olds Could You Take in a Fight? [cached via]
posted by Avenger50 at 6:44 PM PST - 85 comments

The Evolution of the Joker

IGN traces the visual evolution of Batman’s iconic nemesis, the Joker, from his origin in print in 1940 to his newest transformation in Heath Ledger.
posted by inconsequentialist at 6:08 PM PST - 47 comments

Sometimes I think nothing is simple but the feeling of pain.

The White Noise Supremacists: Lester Bangs on race, words, post-punk, and society. [more inside]
posted by koeselitz at 4:32 PM PST - 57 comments

an abstract image that the eye tricks the mind into believing has meaning

New York No Wave Archive. "No Wave was a short-lived but influential music and art movement in downtown New York in the late 1970s and 1980s. The name was a reaction to the sanitized Punk Rock trading under the name 'New wave' for those people who wanted a sanitized version of punk." Also, outside of "No New York."
posted by Joey Michaels at 4:18 PM PST - 28 comments

I still say it's basically the A-Team

The Losers Cover Gallery showcases the bold design sense and unique art style of UK comics artist Jock, who also produced much of the interior art for the VERTIGO series. Losely based on a WWII comic of the same name it became a fast paced action caper with a political edge under writer Andy Diggle, and the covers reflect both the themes and the cinematic style of the comic.
posted by Artw at 3:57 PM PST - 17 comments

Elvis Costello and the Attractions - Radio Radio - Saturday Night Live

It was 30 years ago today that Elvis Costello and the Attractions appeared on Saturday Night Live. They'd wanted to play Radio Radio but SNL said no as it was thought to be 'anti-media.' So they started playing Less Than Zero, but stopped eight seconds in and played Radio Radio anyway, which led to them being banned from SNL for 12 years. Tip o' the hat to the Post Punk Progressive Pop Party.
posted by carter at 3:07 PM PST - 85 comments

Two black eyes

Forced to fight for other's amusement, it's a sad world for pandas. Either scuffling or denigrating themselves for food sources, are they approaching the downward slide of species extinction?
posted by Sparx at 2:43 PM PST - 15 comments

"I'm not a look-alike."

Francois Brunelle photographs look-alikes. Does everyone have a double?
posted by Soup at 2:39 PM PST - 48 comments

Children's Hospital Boston

Interactive Features at the Children's Hospital Boston's Website. [Via Mind Hacks.]
posted by homunculus at 1:54 PM PST - 4 comments

There I stand 'neath the Marquee Moon just waiting, hesitating... I ain't waiting

Punk Guitar Heroes - Television's Tom Verlaine and Richard Lloyd Television, and its guitar pas de deux between Tom Verlaine and Richard Lloyd, fit into the punk scene only because they are the ones basically responsible for CBGB becoming a punk rock club. Verlaine convinced Hilly Kristal to let them practice there and play shows, and the rest is history. [more inside]
posted by psmealey at 1:27 PM PST - 30 comments

Jan Terri, where are thee?

Jan Terri, an enigmatic outsider musician from Chicago, became a dubious celebrity in her own right after releasing a number of self-produced songs and accompanying videos on VHS in the 1990s. Among her "hits" were Losing You, Baby Blues, Get Down Goblin and the must-see Rock-'n'-Roll Santa (which has been covered by Yo La Tengo). Her music videos were so earnest and popular for their camp value that Marilyn Manson eventually enlisted her to sing at a birthday party of his and the Daily Show invited her on. However, she hasn't really been heard from since. Has Jan Terri given up her dream?
posted by Lillitatiana at 1:26 PM PST - 20 comments

This X is something you need a Y to understand

Snowclones (as you may know) are "some-assembly-required adaptable cliché frames": for example, "X is the new Y," "He's a few Xs short of a Y," or "If Eskimos have N words for snow, X surely have Y words for Z." The Snowclones Database collects and traces the origins of lots of these.
posted by tepidmonkey at 1:12 PM PST - 28 comments

I'll have the ham

"It serves 125, takes eight hours to cook and is stuffed with 12 different birds..." [via Cynical-C]
posted by Chrysostom at 12:56 PM PST - 43 comments

Of Artilects, Kolmogorov and the Hutter prize

Three AI researchers:
Hugo de Garis: Home - Wiki
Jürgen Schmidhuber: Home - Wiki
Marcus Hutter: Home - Wiki
posted by sushiwiththejury at 10:34 AM PST - 28 comments

Magic Highway U.S.A.

Magic Highway U.S.A. Disney's May 1958 view of the future of transportation. Some recaps at 2719 Hyperion and Paleo-Future. [IMDB; via]
posted by kirkaracha at 10:20 AM PST - 28 comments

Excel + Python

Resolver One looks and feels like an Excel clone, except that it stores all the data and formulas as a Python program. You can add more code, or export the whole thing. It's in public beta now, and the commercial release will be free for open source and personal projects.
posted by signal at 9:38 AM PST - 38 comments

Latte it Forward?

The other day, I overheard someone marveling at this story: Impatient jack-ass in Starbucks drive-thru (no, not always synonymous) honks and shouts repeatedly at driver in front of him, a tai-chi master who decides to "change the consciousness" of the jerk by paying for his coffee. The jerk is so moved, that he pays for the coffee of the person behind him, and this "chain of kindness" winds up lasting all day, with everyone paying for the drink behind him. Nice story, right? How odd that the same thing (minus the Jewish zen-master) ccurred almost simultaneously in another part of the country. In this version, the "cheer chain," as the Starbucks employee calls it, was a near-perfect (except for this guy) example of holiday cheer. I guess pre-caffeinated Starbucks customers must possess a surprisingly high amount of holiday spirit. Or maybe it's just the red cups.
posted by ericbop at 7:34 AM PST - 204 comments

MetaFilter, Albania

MetaFilter: A small city in Albania? This is, to be perfectly clear, a link to a site designed primarily with the intent of getting people to link to it.
posted by Wolfdog at 7:04 AM PST - 41 comments generator generator [via William Gibson] The art is created through a Google image search and some automatic image manipulation. For examples, go here.
posted by Kattullus at 6:57 AM PST - 21 comments

Large Marge sent him.

He was born in 1980, during a risqué Groundlings show. After cameo roles (NSFW/language) in two Cheech & Chong movies, he earned his own HBO special. Four years later, Pee Wee Herman made his first feature film. Love him or hate him, his tv show won 22 Emmys... it seemed he was the luckiest boy in the world. Until one fateful day. Since then he's kept busy, and has regularly started and then nixed rumors of the bow tie's return. Recently he's changed his mind though, and in June a middle-aged Pee Wee made a surprise appearance after 15 years. Now he's promising two upcoming Pee Wee films... but will Johnny Depp take over his giant underpants? [more inside]
posted by miss lynnster at 1:39 AM PST - 104 comments

December 16

Laughs Tracks Being Used For Good, Not Evil

Laugh tracks making things funny: Friday the 13th | The L Word | Mitt Romney | Star Trek | The Wire | FOX News
posted by dhammond at 11:31 PM PST - 27 comments


Part 1 of 6 It is 1969...I'm watching TV and here's this guy on a Harley. Darn...this was new...major characters on TV shows did NOT ride motorcycles! He pulls up at a light and a fellow in a station wagon (remember station wagons???) says.. "taking a trip?", Bronson says "yeah"..the guy says "where to?" Bronson says "I don't know, where ever I end up, I guess"... That was the beginning of 26 episodes of "Then Came Bronson", I've wanted to take that trip ever since! [more inside]
posted by HuronBob at 10:01 PM PST - 17 comments

Yes, this is something you need an iPhone to understand

It has been awhile since we had an iPhone post, but for the couple million people who own one, and despite Apple's best efforts, there is lots of exciting (if hard to find) free software being developed for people have have jailbroken their iPhone: read comics and manga; play NES , Gameboy, or LucasArts adventure games; experiment with crayon physics; download files; emulate HP calculators; and sync without iTunes. In early form: send an MMS, Playstation emulation, and video recording. There are also many web applications. [Yes, you need an iPhone to run these applications] [more inside]
posted by blahblahblah at 9:40 PM PST - 56 comments

Crafts are HOT!

Handmade 2.0. NYT magazine article discusses crafting, Craft Magazine, etsy, Stitch & Bitch, Church of Craft, getcrafty, Austin Craft Mafia, Craft Congress, and more.
posted by ClaudiaCenter at 9:14 PM PST - 21 comments

The Wall

Israel vs. Palestine: Against the Wall is a six-part series on about the separation wall which divides Israel from the West Bank. [more inside]
posted by ludwig_van at 7:43 PM PST - 12 comments

Physics Models

"I am, of course, gratified that this sordid southern-hemisphere tale of sex, plagiarism, quantum mechanics, and printers could be resolved to everyone’s satisfaction." If that doesn't grab you maybe you are on the wrong internet. [more inside]
posted by shothotbot at 7:34 PM PST - 29 comments

Don't View Unless You Love Jazz

These cats, Miles Davis and John Coltrane, say SO WHAT that this is a single link U-tube post. Get some Sunday Evening Jazz on, my brothas and sistas.
posted by snsranch at 5:57 PM PST - 44 comments

Run for the Roses

The Leader of the Band is tired and his eyes are growing old. But his blood runs through instrument and his song is in my soul. [more inside]
posted by flarbuse at 5:47 PM PST - 47 comments

10 Things Christians and Atheists Can (And Must) Agree On

10 Things Christians and Atheists Can (And Must) Agree On. "Celebrating the death of somebody you disagreed with pretty much makes you a dick."
posted by Avenger50 at 4:45 PM PST - 241 comments

fix or repair daily

The evolution of one American song. First was Arkie Shibley's Hot Rod Race. Covers followed by Jimmie Dolan and Red Foley, with other artists coming up with their own answers. Charlie Ryan's Hot Rod Lincoln was the most well known, later covered by Johnny Bond, and of course Commander Cody.
posted by pyramid termite at 4:39 PM PST - 12 comments

Race and Intelligence, Redux

About a month ago, a MeFi FPP on this article sparked a controversy here on the usefulness of the concepts of IQ and race in determining whether some ethnic groups can be shown to be intrinsically less intelligent than others. Now James Flynn, discoverer of the Flynn effect, has written a book, What is Intelligence?, that settles many of the issues of this controversy. In this week's New Yorker, Malcolm Gladwell summarizes Flynn's arguments succinctly in a review entitled "None of the Above: What IQ doesn't tell you about race."
posted by ubiquity at 2:51 PM PST - 85 comments

"No, son, that is a transvestite."

Wonderfully strange Thai TV commercial for light bulbs [YouTube]. [more inside]
posted by LarryC at 2:23 PM PST - 32 comments


Moneygami. Money folded to look like people wearing hats. (Via.)
posted by Astro Zombie at 2:07 PM PST - 21 comments

Hi, I'm Muzzy. Big Muzzy.

Over the years millions of children have been introduced to a foreign language by Big Muzzy [wiki], a friendly, green, clock-eating monster. Here's the complete British English version of Muzzy in Gondoland on YouTube: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20.
posted by sveskemus at 1:12 PM PST - 12 comments

The NYT asks six people whether the US is in a recession

You Can Almost Hear It Pop, by Stephen S. Roach
The Facts Say No, by Marcelle Chauvet and Kevin Hassett
Bet the House on It, by Laura Tyson
Not if Exports Save Us, by Jason Furman
Nobody Knows, by James Grant
Wait Till Next Year, by Martin Feldstein

Stolen, HTML and all, from Calculated Risk.
posted by Kwantsar at 1:02 PM PST - 24 comments

Pictures from the land of my country's supposed enemy

This collection of photos contains many beautiful photographs of Iran. [more inside]
posted by localhuman at 10:49 AM PST - 16 comments

Mammoth shrapnel

New evidence (Nature) has been discovered in support (BBC) of the North American Comet Catastrophe of 10,900 BC (previously). "We think that there was probably an impact which exploded in the air that sent [meteorite] particles flying into the animals.. the fragments unlikely originated on Earth." The discovery was made by Allen West using a magnet at an Arizona motel during a sale of Mammoth tusks. "It was just a tiny magnet on a string, but very strong. It would swing over [mammoth tusks] and stick firmly to these little dots."
posted by stbalbach at 10:42 AM PST - 22 comments

Charlie 1-26

Blood Brothers: 15 months of combat hell forever change the members of Charlie 1-26. Part 1: To Adhamiya and back. Part 2: ‘I’ve seen enough. I’ve done enough.’ Part 3: ‘Not us. We’re not going.’ Part 4: Picking up the pieces. [Via Danger Room.]
posted by homunculus at 10:00 AM PST - 27 comments

how to talk to a friend with cancer

How to talk to a friend with cancer, Time interview. Author of the excellent, Help Me Live: 20 Things People With Cancer Want You to Know [now a free, readable online Google book], Lori Hope, also lectures on compassionate communication and blogs for the practical and supportive, "free, personal websites that connect family and friends during illness and injury. Top 10 Dos and Don'ts.
posted by nickyskye at 9:45 AM PST - 34 comments

this was our president

Bill Clinton on Charlie Rose - on display: Thoughtful Visionary as well as Political Animal; cf. Howard Dean and Jimmy Carter.
posted by kliuless at 9:25 AM PST - 55 comments

The Decline in African-American Land Ownership

In 1910 African-Americans owned 16-19 million acres of land in the United States, much of it rural farmland. Today, that figure has dropped to less than 8 million acres overall, and less than 2 million farm acres. What happened? In some cases, violence— whites would forcibly take farmland, a homestead, or a home from the black residents, who were often powerless to fight back in the face of systemic racism, threats of retaliation, and the 'enforcement' of the thefts by the Ku Klux Klan. More perniciously, many of these losses were the result of forced partition land sales. Many legal scholars and activists today are working to reverse the trend. [some pdfs]
posted by miss tea at 5:03 AM PST - 41 comments

"Bad news sells best. Cause good news is no news."

Ace In The Hole. The best movie about a reporter ever? [more inside]
posted by fearfulsymmetry at 4:55 AM PST - 33 comments

At least the shipping's free.

You can own your very own AOL 1.0 floppy disk for the low price of $4,995.00. Think this is absurd? Well, it's been done before.
posted by MaryDellamorte at 2:22 AM PST - 44 comments

December 15

The perfect foil for abstinence-only initiatives

Abstinence: 98% effective in preventing HIV/AIDS, STDs and pregnancy (when used consistently and correctly) "If you're having sex, thinking about having sex or trying not to think about having sex, try Abstinence....the condom."
posted by sneakin at 9:13 PM PST - 58 comments

A series of sacrifices in which the victims are words.

Eclipse is a free on-line archive focusing on digital facsimiles of the most radical small-press writing from the last quarter century. [more inside]
posted by Hypocrite_Lecteur at 9:02 PM PST - 10 comments

It's not over until the falafel sings.

Mackris vs. O'Reilly: the opera. [more inside]
posted by greatgefilte at 8:59 PM PST - 7 comments

Too tall!

Moreover, based on the empirical distribution of height and wages, the optimal height tax is substantial: a tall person earning $50,000 should pay about $4,500 more in taxes (pdf) than a short person earning the same income. Draw what inferences you will.
posted by Pants! at 7:52 PM PST - 41 comments

Computing In Dark Rooms

Courtesy of Daniele Gallifa's Mentegrafica, a video demonstration of Multi-User Interaction using Handheld Projectors. An update to the classic Ghostbusters toy, this set of position-aware hand held projectors lets users share information by shining light onto walls. Some of the smart details in the video include: sharing calendars by overlapping light from two projectors, adjoining projections to create larger screens, and blurring private information when outsiders are nearby. No mention of applicability to first person shooters.
posted by migurski at 7:01 PM PST - 9 comments

Maybe she likes Wittgenstein...

The Most Wanted Song - Finally, thanks to Ubuweb, Komar & Melamid's Most Wanted and Most Unwanted Songs (recorded in 1997) are now available online! Komar & Melamid have been featured on Metafilter before for The Most and Least Wanted Paintings. Thanks WMFU!
posted by clockwork at 6:14 PM PST - 54 comments

Medieval Church Wall Paintings

The Mills-Kronborg Collection of Danish Church Wall Paintings, courtesy of Princeton University's Index of Christian Art, includes descriptions and images of medieval and early modern church frescoes. There are more church frescoes at Painting and Sculpture in Medieval Hungary. (Another site features a fine panorama.) Anne Marshall has developed an extensive site devoted to similar paintings in England, many of which were whitewashed during the Reformation. The University of Leicester hosts a much more specialized database devoted to the Seven Deadly Sins and the Seven Corporal Works of Mercy (no images); La Mort Dans L'Art/Death in Art has some Continental examples of The Three Living and the Three Dead.
posted by thomas j wise at 3:47 PM PST - 4 comments

Pretty Good Pornography

A Magistrate Judge in the U.S. District Court in Vermont has ruled that a man allegedly caught with child pornography on his laptop need not reveal his PGP password (yes, authorities shut down the laptop and now can't get at the alleged porn) pursuant to the Fifth Amendment's protections against self incrimination. The decision is here[PDF]. A decent write-up (from CNET of all places) is here. This appears to be the first decision ever to directly address this issue, and many commentators had thought it would come out differently. The major question is whether revealing one's PGP key is "testimonial" or not. According to the Supreme Court, giving up fingerprints or blood samples isn't, nor is standing for a lineup, nor is handing over the key to a safe, but if it's combination safe, well maybe that's different. Never let it be said that your Fifth Amendment rights are easy.
posted by The Bellman at 3:18 PM PST - 57 comments

"I think I was Ed Wood trying to be Steven Spielberg."

Art Binninger was a sci-fi buff in the 1970s with the resources of the audiovisual squad at Vandenberg Air Force Base at his disposal. The result was Star Trix, a claymation Star Trek parody, that spawned three short films and Star Trix: The Flick (parts 1, 2, 3, 4, and 5). Art Binninger himself explains the whole saga on his web site.
posted by jonp72 at 2:19 PM PST - 3 comments

Red Crow goes to the next world

Actor/folk singer/Native American Activist Floyd Red Crow Westerman died of complications from leukemia on Thursday. Westerman, a member of the Sisseton-Wapheton Sioux Tribe of South Dakota, was best known for his roles in Dances With Wolves, The X-Files and Hidalgo, but apparently viewed acting as an avenue to make money to apply to his other endeavors in support of Native American issues.
posted by rednikki at 12:28 PM PST - 18 comments

Measure your bandwidth in liters.

USB Wine. French comprehension not required.
posted by drdanger at 12:21 PM PST - 34 comments

Other Things Equal by Deirdre McCloskey

How to Be a Good Graduate Student, How to Organize a Conference, Economical Writing: An Executive Summary, Why Don't Economists Believe Empirical Findings?, The Bankruptcy of Statistical Significance, The A-Prime, C-Prime Theorem, and many other articles in PDF format (scroll down to the bottom of the page to see the others) originally published in the very entertaining “Other Things Equal” column by Deirdre McCloskey in the Eastern Economic Journal.
posted by Jasper Friendly Bear at 12:00 PM PST - 19 comments

A Christmas Dirge

"Don't tether her branches to the chair or kitchenette..." (mp3) This weekend many of us will buy Christmas trees. MeFi fave Nellie McKay humorously, sweetly, but a dash of "you aught to know" musically urges us not to. She's also has thoughts on dogs and zombies. And humorless feminists (at 1 minute into interview).
posted by tula at 11:19 AM PST - 24 comments

caturday fluff

Two talking cats l cat talking translation l assorted cats.
posted by nickyskye at 8:20 AM PST - 36 comments

30 Years of LucasFilm Christmas Cards

30 Years of LucasFilm Christmas Cards (I triple-dog dare ya!)
posted by ColdChef at 7:28 AM PST - 18 comments

Frank Morgan disappears

Frank Morgan died yesterday. He was 73. Interview. Some sounds. (another beautiful american saxophone stylist).
posted by nicolin at 5:46 AM PST - 21 comments

The Sound of Cambodia, pre-Khmer Rouge.

The 1960's and early 70's saw an explosion of creativity and an astonishing variety of stylistic influences coming together in the pop and rock music of Cambodia.Tragically, almost all of the artists of that era were executed (or otherwise perished) during the nightmarish Khmer Rouge years. The following MySpace Music pages will help you to get acquainted with some of the wonderfully eclectic and adventurous music of this fertile period: Pen Ron, Yos Olarang, Rous Sareysothea, Sin Sisamouth, Vor Sarun, Houey Meas, So Savoeun, Eng Nary, In Yeng, Choun Malai, Mao Sareth, Sem Touch, Chea Savoeun, Toche Teng, Teth Sombath, Pen Rom, Em Songserm and Choun Vanna. Also, these related pages: Cambodian Rock, Radio Khmer Sitya, Cambodian Style and Cambodian Soundtracks. NOTE: For personal recommendations, check the hover-overs accompanying each link.
posted by flapjax at midnite at 2:07 AM PST - 37 comments

Warp Drive, When?

Warp Drive, When? "Have you ever wondered when we will be able to travel to distant stars as easily as in science fiction stories?"
posted by amyms at 12:09 AM PST - 59 comments

December 14

How To Be A Good Host

Bot flies are large, stout bodied, hairy flies that resemble bumblebees. But how they reproduce is what makes them interesting: 1) An egg-laden female botfly captures a night-flying female mosquito and glues her eggs on to it. 2) When the mosquito is released and bites a victim, the host's body heat triggers an egg to hatch. 3) It falls off and burrows in. Even more interesting is that sometimes, this happens on humans! [YouTube/NSFSqueamish] And on humans sometimes, this happens in the most inconvenient [pdf] of places.
posted by humannaire at 7:53 PM PST - 59 comments

Black Panther: The Revolutionary Art of Emory Douglas

Black Panther: The Revolutionary Art of Emory Douglas, the Black Panther Party's Minister of Culture from 1967 to 1979. Douglas is still alive and making posters for the cause, in this case the San Francisco 8, who were arrested earlier this year for the murder of a police officer in 1971 -- despite the fact that evidence was thrown out of federal court in 1976 because "officers stripped the men, blindfolded them, beat them and covered them in blankets soaked in boiling water," and "used electric prods on their genitals." The SF Weekly published a detailed 5-page story about the case in November 2006.
posted by mediareport at 7:26 PM PST - 19 comments

The most banal, grotesque, ironic, twisted, or perverse creations of the capitalist marketplace.

The Museum Of Weird Consumer Culture.
[more inside]
posted by sushiwiththejury at 4:57 PM PST - 39 comments

Fuzzy Mail

Fuzzmail records your email as you type it and provides the actual composition for the person, or people on the receiving end. [via]
posted by cashman at 4:07 PM PST - 40 comments

All fucking Violet!

Courtney Love Rocks Harder Than You.
posted by Firas at 2:34 PM PST - 154 comments

Kidsploitation Komedy

Camp Liberty: exposing the dire fate of the littlest enemy combatants. Another chilling (albeit fictitious) video from Jon Benjamin. [more inside]
posted by TheWash at 2:30 PM PST - 8 comments

Sinhalese Buddhist Nationalist Ideology: Implications for Politics and Conflict Resolution in Sri Lanka

Sinhalese Buddhist Nationalist Ideology: Implications for Politics and Conflict Resolution in Sri Lanka
posted by chunking express at 1:47 PM PST - 4 comments

David Giral photography

La Reine et sa Cour Some pretty incredible photographs from this guy, David Giral
posted by psmealey at 11:28 AM PST - 26 comments

What Happened to My Forty Acres and a Mule, Fool?

40 acres and a mule has been a slogan of African-American economic aspirations ever since the legislation creating the Freedman's Bureau promised ex-slaves parcels not exceeding forty acres each, to the loyal refugees and freedmen. General William Tecumseh Sherman's Special Field Order No. 15 decreed that the land on slave plantations be seized and distributed to freed slaves, but Andrew Johnson rescinded the order and vetoed expansion of the Freedman's Bureau. Both Henry Louis Gates and Dalton Conley have associated the failure to grant freed slaves their "40 acres and a mule" with the wealth gap between black and white Americans, but now an economics grad student, Melinda Miller, has brought important quantitative data to the debate in a new research paper. [more inside]
posted by jonp72 at 10:26 AM PST - 43 comments

Google's Knol

Google takes on Wikipedia with Knol. The web responds. Invite only, of course.
posted by Soup at 10:20 AM PST - 121 comments

A star as big as a window.

On December 24th, 1951, NBC aired television's first annual Christmas tradition and the first opera created specifically for TV, Amahl and the Night Visitors, composed by Gian Carlo Menotti (1911 – 2007). Maybe the cast recording, the children's book or one of the hundreds of local performances staged each year have been a staple of one or more of your holiday seasons. If so, you might be pleased to know that a kinescope of the original 1951 broadcast, long assumed lost, has in fact been found, restored, added to the Museum of Television and Radio and (most importantly) put on YouTube. [more inside]
posted by 2or3whiskeysodas at 9:04 AM PST - 18 comments

China and India have reported massive finds of frozen methane

China and India have reported massive finds of frozen methane clathrate off their coasts and, along with Japan and other countries, are spending large sums to develop it into a new source of fossil energy. This is important for developing countries as there may be more frozen methane in the world than all the oil, gas and coal combined, and it is available right off their coasts. Some believe it can be extracted in a carbon neutral manner, but methane is a powerful greenhouse gas and the scarily named clathrate gun hypothesis provides some fuel for thought about digging this stuff up.
posted by stbalbach at 8:10 AM PST - 31 comments

Worst band names of 2007

The Onion AV Club publishes their annual Worst Band Names List. Is your band on there? [more inside]
posted by Afroblanco at 8:10 AM PST - 138 comments

Travelling by mouseclick

The most interesting spots on Google maps.
posted by desjardins at 8:10 AM PST - 32 comments

"Happiness is thought to depend on leisure; for we are busy that we may have leisure, and make war that we may live in peace." Aristotle

In Praise of Idleness, Why Crunch Mode Doesn't Work, and The Five Day Work Week. via
posted by anotherpanacea at 8:00 AM PST - 24 comments

Fonts at the movies

Fonts at the movies. [more inside]
posted by Terminal Verbosity at 7:59 AM PST - 21 comments

free Yale courses online

Open Yale Courses provides free and open access to seven introductory courses taught by distinguished teachers and scholars at Yale University:Astronomy, English, Philosophy, Physics, Political Science, Psychology, Religious Studies: a full set of class lectures produced in high-quality video, syllabi, suggested readings, and problem sets. [more inside]
posted by nickyskye at 7:43 AM PST - 30 comments

BBC launch Flash version of iPlayer

BBC launch Flash version of iPlayer The BBC have developed iPlayer as a vehicle for online distribution of its programs. Originally this involved downloading a stand-alone application for windows users only. This application has had a troubled beta launch and has drawn criticism from Linux and Mac users who were unsupported. The Flash version is an attempt to placate these users (though I believe you have to be in the UK)
posted by rongorongo at 6:32 AM PST - 33 comments

Duelity - Creationism/evolution 2.0

Duelity - the beginning in two parts The Vancover Film School does a really cool visual retelling of creation. The 'biblical' version with a science edge. The 'evolution' version with a biblical edge. And you can watch them both at the same time!
posted by filmgeek at 4:07 AM PST - 31 comments

Gissa job la? Go on, I can do that. Gissa job?

During the latter half of the twentieth century, Liverpool writers made an enormous contribution to television drama. Writers like Willy Russell and Jimmy McGovern have been hugely influential. But the daddy of them all was unarguably Alan Bleasdale, whose television dramas dominated our screens during the latter half of the 20th century in a manner that was unmatched by anybody besides the late Dennis Potter. [more inside]
posted by PeterMcDermott at 1:27 AM PST - 30 comments

Who loves ya, baby?

It's Telly Friday, baby.
posted by miss lynnster at 12:39 AM PST - 32 comments

B s f t e W b + e t o h e = The full picture

Essential Video Resources - primers, guides and links for the video editor and technician [more inside]
posted by Gyan at 12:25 AM PST - 6 comments

December 13

DOOOOOM! Oh wait, Nevermind. We're fine. You're still doomed though.

Some see an economic apocalypse. Others see an err.. economic apocalypse. But have no fear! A solution is at hand. [more inside]
posted by Lord_Pall at 11:42 PM PST - 61 comments

salmonerd to nsynchottie503

Instant Messenger” performed by Nick Thune. (Found on the original blog your monkey called)
posted by growabrain at 9:22 PM PST - 6 comments

MOMA's Collection of Illustrated Books

MOMA has around 400 images from its collection of illustrated books available online. It's heavy on the works of the early 20th Century European avant-garde, especially the Russian Futurists, though it extends into the present day. Here are a few of the images that I liked: Aleksei Krucenykh and Kirill Zdanevich, Vladimir Mayakovsky, Filippo Tommaso Marinetti, Olga Rozanova, Ekaterina Turova, El Lissitzky, Max Ernst, Raymond Pettibon, Vasily Kandinsky and Natalia Goncharova. [more inside]
posted by Kattullus at 9:03 PM PST - 11 comments

Do Do ... DoDoDo ... Do Do ... DoDoDo

Merry Christmas, Mefites! Even if you don't celebrate Christmas, you might enjoy this fun bit of flash goodness.
posted by bwg at 7:43 PM PST - 42 comments

Astronomy Pictures

Bad Astronomy's Top Ten Astronomy Pictures of 2007.
posted by homunculus at 3:34 PM PST - 36 comments

Lay out!

Ultimate: The Greatest Sport Ever Invented By Man is coming soon to a bookstore near you.
posted by silby at 3:16 PM PST - 62 comments

New Jersey abolishes the death penalty

New Jersey abolishes the death penalty. Just one step in a long nationwide move away from capital punishment. Now, New Jersey hasn't actually executed anyone since it first instated its death penalty - but this move is hardly symbolic, as the state has spent about a quarter billion dollars on its death penalty, revealing a counterintuitive fact: the death penalty is far more expensive than life without parole.
posted by parmanparman at 2:18 PM PST - 81 comments

"Next Christmas we're spendin it with Duncan Hunter"

Lobbing rocks, lighting fires, talking to himself - Mike Gravel has had a troubled relationship with artsy online message videos this year. Now that he's being barred from debates again, he's reaching out across the aisle and appealing to the common man by dressing up as Santa and delivering Budweiser to the boys at Red State Update.
posted by datacenter refugee at 2:08 PM PST - 11 comments

The asterisk wing of Cooperstown.

So, who doesn't use steroids or HGH? So what do you do when MVP winners, Cy Young award winners and some World Series winners all have cheated? Any ideas? [more inside]
posted by zerobyproxy at 1:16 PM PST - 188 comments

Vintage Christmas

Vintage Christmas Wax The Edison Concert band never sounded so good.
posted by Stynxno at 12:00 PM PST - 6 comments

Just drawings of bears in ill-fitting hats

Bears in ill-fitting hats. [Via.]
posted by tepidmonkey at 11:55 AM PST - 32 comments

"Christmas Makes Me Blue": Simone White

Simone White can help calm your holiday rage. White is a Los Angeles-based singer-songwriter whose new CD, "I Am The Man" has been inching its way up the indie charts; people have been comparing her voice to Karen Dalton and Billie Holiday, but she's really her own creature, as you can tell from this dreamy new video, well-timed for the seasonal onslaught of consumerism and carols: "Christmas Makes Me Blue."
posted by judlew at 11:47 AM PST - 16 comments

Ted Corbitt, "the father of American distance running," dies.

"In 1968, I received an invitation to the hundred-mile run at Walton-on-Thames, England, scheduled for October 1969. I pulled out all the stops for this one, running every marathon possible and enduring unheard-of training mileage when not racing. In July alone I ran a thousand miles, two hundred short of my goal[...]My only goal was to break the existing American record of 16:07:43." (Which he did, finishing in 13:33; still the U.S. 45 to 49 100-mile record.) Ted Corbitt, Olympian, American Record holder at 100 miles, died yesterday. NYT obit. [more inside]
posted by OmieWise at 11:37 AM PST - 13 comments

Historic Celestial Atlas Illustrations

In 1627, Schiller's Coelum Stellatum Christianum attempted to replace the mythical constellation figures with Christian figures. More from the Linda Hall Library Digital Services Unit. Art, illustration, and astronomy aficionados will appreciate the beauty of historic celestial atlas illustrations: Bayer's Uranometria 1603 (also the 1661 Edition), Flamsteed - Fortin Atlas Celeste - 1776 (text intro), Celestial Atlas by Alexander Jamieson. HubbleSource is cleaning up scans from one historic atlas and making them available in web and hi-res versions for use in non-commercial applications. (See also: David Rumsey Map Collection, and the exhibition Out of this World (index & T.O.C.), more Images, Artwork and Historical Objects at the US Naval Observatory. [more inside]
posted by spock at 10:32 AM PST - 16 comments


The rush to clear police in shootings. An eight-month Chicago Tribune investigation of 200+ police shootings going back 10 years. (h/t Radley)
posted by i_am_a_Jedi at 10:02 AM PST - 165 comments

Wrecked & Abandoned Sci-Fi Models

The winners of's "Wrecks" challenge are a mixed bag, with some absolutely incredible destroyed sci-fi models, both kit-built & free modeled, and dioramas. And then others that are less impressive.
posted by jonson at 9:49 AM PST - 22 comments

snowflakes in socal

40 years ago today. The day it snowed in San Diego.
posted by somnambulation at 9:48 AM PST - 28 comments

Flip a coin

If you need a foolproof way to decide whether to kill someone or are simply curious as to whether probability is still operating as a factor in your existence (and find yourself out of change but near a computer with an internet connection), you can just use flip a coin.
posted by cog_nate at 9:42 AM PST - 32 comments

Google Answers rises from the ashes

After shutting its virtual doors, Google Answers is set to return, this time modeled on Yahoo Answers' no moderators, no limits, no rules concept. If paid researchers is what you need to answer your question, go to Uclue. Or just keep it green.
posted by HotPatatta at 9:35 AM PST - 26 comments

Sprinkle with water to make it look more realistic

The ultimate in gag gifts.
posted by ottereroticist at 9:31 AM PST - 15 comments

Cry "Havoc!" and let slip the uninvited guest

Who invited the dog? People who think their pets are people vs. people who don't.
posted by dersins at 9:23 AM PST - 146 comments


Newsfilter: w00t! w00t! w00t!
posted by ubiquity at 7:11 AM PST - 84 comments

How Africa's desert sun can bring Europe power

How Africa's desert sun can bring Europe power. A £5bn solar power demonstration project called Desertec is being developed by Trans-Mediterranean Renewable Energy Cooperation (TREC) that would send solar energy northward from African deserts. The goal is in 30 years to provide a significant fraction of Europe's electricity needs.
posted by stbalbach at 6:31 AM PST - 35 comments

Audible Illusions

Holophonic sound is an audio recording technique which operates on a principle similar to Holography. The result has been reported to be realistic and life-like three dimensional sounding audio recordings. [more inside]
posted by sambosambo at 5:34 AM PST - 34 comments

Coffee Bukkake Man Arrested!

Girlfriend just broke up with you? Feeling a little stress? Be careful how you relieve it - you may end up on the wrong side of the law (or be the subject of a cartoon depiction).
posted by thrakintosh at 4:31 AM PST - 22 comments

The warmth of your love's like the warmth of the sun

"I edited this short film set to the tune of The Zombies' "This Will Be Our Year" featuring Super 8 footage shot by my parents between 1965-1979."
posted by ludwig_van at 12:26 AM PST - 47 comments

Have you got a receipt for that inflammatory literature...

The Hijacking of British Islam (PDF) has been widely reported in the British media. However, it appears that the story is not all it seems. Newsnight (A television news program) has unearthed evidence that receipts for extremist literature supposedly bought from mosques were faked. Despite this new evidence, The Policy Exchange stand by the report.
posted by seanyboy at 12:02 AM PST - 32 comments

December 12

Movable Type is Open Source

Movable Type has gone open source.
posted by Steven C. Den Beste at 11:02 PM PST - 47 comments

When Music Lived in Nice Houses

Record Envelope is a blog devoted to the bygone era of creative sleeves for vinyl 45s.
posted by dhammond at 10:59 PM PST - 10 comments

And So This Is Christmas?

George W. Bush covers John Lennon's War Is Over (If You Want It) in a collaboration with Wax Audio. Another coverversion of John Lennon's God is included on the B-side of the new limited edition 45. On the other hand, Yoko sez, "Vote Kucinich!" (previously on Mefi)
posted by jonp72 at 8:25 PM PST - 23 comments


The Association for Civil Rights in Israel says in its annual report that Israel has reached "new heights of racism". Embedded WMV video, article, and, typically for Ha'aretz, some very interesting reader comments. [more inside]
posted by stammer at 7:31 PM PST - 30 comments

The naked and the drunk

Local newsrag covers Tufts annual Naked Quad Run and posts video of event to YouTube. Outrage ensues. (privacy! ethics! wah!) See also: Local LJ community's take. (video embedded in body of article is NSFW) [more inside]
posted by FreezBoy at 7:17 PM PST - 46 comments

Press the pound key if you would like a pearl necklace

Phone sex in these modern times. A short YouTube bit. Language NSFW
posted by Tommy Gnosis at 5:55 PM PST - 24 comments

OMG ... RFP Kitty!

It all started in 1994 with GFP (green fluorescent protein) labeled E. coli and C. elegans (roundworm) cells. Once people realized that you could express the gene for a jellyfish protein in other cells without any other jellyfish-specific factors, it was possible to label any cell green simply by inserting the gene. Biologists realized the endless possiblities soon enough. GFP zebrafish (1997) [.pdf]. GFP mice (1998). GFP Bunny (more art than science, and previously ...) (2000). GFP monkey (2000). Fluorescent green pigs (2006). But nothing combines cuteness and transgentic more than the newly announced RFP (red fluorescent protein) kitty! And not only are they red fluorescent, but they're cloned to boot!
posted by scblackman at 5:51 PM PST - 42 comments

Is that my stomach growling, or is it just the impending collapse of civilization?

The End of Cheap Food: Ethanol subsidies, carnivores, and price controls caused the Mexican tortilla riots.
posted by anotherpanacea at 5:50 PM PST - 30 comments

A DNA-driven world

Transcript and video of the 32nd Richard Dimbleby lecture by Craig Venter.
posted by sushiwiththejury at 4:53 PM PST - 9 comments

Voices Inside My Head

Hearing Voices? It May Be an Ad. Ok . . . this isn’t make-believe. A company is really doing this for an A&E promo. For just how long has this technology been in existence? How have people been manipulated with this? The advertisement company, Adage, is using a device they call, Audio Spotlight from a company called Holosonics. Sounds perfect for conditioning crazed gunmen or for tricking feeble minded leaders into believing God is talking back to them. If you are skeptical, the company owner replied to my email saying the Seattle Art Museam and the Space Needle are also using his product.
posted by augustweed at 4:19 PM PST - 90 comments

Would I like it? What a DREAM! But hey, what happens if I push this red button?

In the early 1950's, Monsanto Chemical Company, MIT and Disneyland collaborated their resources and creative brainpower to build "the house of 1986." Using 30,000 pounds of plastic (The building's structure, carpet, chairs, sinks, appliances and floors were all plastic. About $7,500 to $15,000 worth.), the Monsanto House of the Future* was opened to an excited public in June of 1957. It was closed in 1967 as ideas of the future were beginning to change. Let's take a quick tour, shall we?
*(Not to be confused with Xanadu Homes of Tomorrow.) [more inside]
posted by miss lynnster at 4:03 PM PST - 30 comments

Grieving Widow

Brenda is broken hearted, but not everyone thought he was a saint. Some of his closest colleagues barely knew him. Farewell, Bruce Evanick, whatever kind of person you were.
posted by msconduct at 3:39 PM PST - 41 comments

The World of Tomorrow

The Middleton Family at the New York World's Fair (1939). The Original Futurama. Featuring Elektro, the Smoking Robot.
posted by Soup at 2:13 PM PST - 9 comments

Sure, I've slapped Tina... There have been times when I punched her to the ground without thinking. But I never beat her.

Ike Turner, 1931-2007 Though his music was overshadowed later in life by the success of his ex-wife and his personal demons, his undeniable innovations continue to resonate this day.
posted by anazgnos at 1:55 PM PST - 83 comments

Keep your ISP off my Google!

Rogers communications has started putting their own messages on the Google homepage. Rogers communications is one of Canada's main ISPs (as well as mobile phone and cable companies). They recently decided to place a message on their subscribers' Google homepage - and neither Google nor the users are happy about it. [more inside]
posted by Salmonberry at 1:14 PM PST - 45 comments

Wot, no Gorbachev?

Guess Who? Noma Bar depicts famous faces using symbols of what they are known for as facial features. More samples here (scroll down), and on the publisher's site. [more inside]
posted by goodnewsfortheinsane at 11:43 AM PST - 28 comments

Spirit's Swan Song?

Real robot drama is happening on Mars today. Spirit, racing for her life to find shelter before winter, injured and underpowered after four years of hard labor, may have made her most significant find yet. The broken foot she's dragged behind her for the past two years unexpectedly uncovered evidence of a once-wet Mars with conditions theoretically hospitable for primitive life.
posted by Chinese Jet Pilot at 11:08 AM PST - 88 comments

the prize is a prosthesis

Miss Landmine: We are currently preparing the live Miss Landmine Angola 2008 pageant in close collaboration with the Angolan government (CNIDAH) and supported by the European Union. The crowning of the world's first Miss Landmine will be taking place in Luanda, Angola on April 4th, 2008, the UN International Day for Mine Awareness and Assistance in Mine Action. Stay tuned! The web voting for Miss Landmine Angola is open until April 3, 2008. [more inside]
posted by nickyskye at 10:46 AM PST - 17 comments

A Look Back at Jon Stewart's Greatest Lesbian Moments

Since we've seen Jon Stewart's Greatest Gay Moments (previously on MeFi), how about Jon Stewart's Greatest Lesbian Moments?
posted by fiercecupcake at 10:27 AM PST - 19 comments

Thirteen Days of Christmas

Straight No Chaser (Indiana University men's acapella group) performs this hilarious rendition of "The Twelve Days of Christmas." Want to perform it with your own acapella chorus? You're in luck. The sheet music is available as an inexpensive digital download.
posted by CrunchyFrog at 9:11 AM PST - 38 comments

Extreme Oxygen, dude!

The Big Ox. Power oxygen for real extreme athletes... available in a variety of flavors: Polar Rush, Tropical Breeze, Mountain Mint, and Citrus Blast. Is this The Next Big Thing? [more inside]
posted by ph00dz at 7:48 AM PST - 60 comments

Raiding the office supply closet perhaps not as a bad you think... relatively speaking.

Worst employees of 2007 Among the winners: a business that manufactures pot-laced candy shut down by the DEA, an airline employee who groped a sleeping passenger next to him, an ambulance driver charged with DUI, Manufacturing and distribution of counterfeit DVDs, Immigration employees committing green card scams, USPS letter carrier stealing cash from gift cards, a man strangling his boss at a cocktail party and a Catholic priest arrested for indecent exposure for naked jogging at the high school track.
posted by psmealey at 7:25 AM PST - 46 comments

Some saxophonists.

Here's a chance to acquaint (or reacquaint) yourself with the music of some of the great saxophonists who've made their mark in American improvised music. The following MySpace Music pages feature audio, video, photos and text aplenty, to get your jazz mojo working. In no particular order: Lester Young, Hank Mobley, Ornette Coleman, Sonny Rollins, John Coltrane, Don Byas, Pharoah Sanders, Albert Ayler, Charlie Parker, Joe Henderson, Earl Bostic, Rahsaan Roland Kirk, Johnny Hodges, Wayne Shorter, Sonny Stitt, Benny Carter, Sidney Bechet and David Murray.
posted by flapjax at midnite at 7:06 AM PST - 33 comments

Terry Pratchett diagnosed with a very rare form of early onset Alzheimer's

Terry Pratchett diagnosed with early onset Alzheimer's. Turns out last month's stroke was a symptom of a greater illness. While there's still some time to go before we have to worry about Discworld substitutions, it has been a pretty tough year for fantasy authors. [more inside]
posted by robocop is bleeding at 5:05 AM PST - 113 comments

110%, Québec sports french TV show posted online daily

110% is a classic convivial québécois sports Habs-centric debating talking heads french TV show, broadcasted every weeknight on TQS from 22:45 to 23:30 and daily episodes are posted online almost in their entirety (usually only missing some minor bumpers) at around 00:30 AM everyday, if you can figure out how to start the weird flash player (tip inside) and stand the chopping of the main part of the show in four randomly-sectionned parts. [more inside]
posted by jchgf at 12:06 AM PST - 10 comments

December 11

To Infinity and Beyond

Visual in jokes from Pixar Animation.
posted by oneirodynia at 10:43 PM PST - 39 comments

Do Not Resuscitate

Do Not Resuscitate. "For families facing the impending death of a loved one, few topics trigger more anguish than the Do Not Resuscitate order... There is little ambiguity in a DNR order: Emergency medical staff must withhold CPR and other life-reviving treatments if the patient's heart or breathing stops, allowing death." But, DNR orders aren't always cut-and-dried. There are many situations that complicate the medical professional's decision to comply. Related: Some people have opted to get a "D.N.R." tattoo, but others have wondered if it will hold up in court as a legal directive. [First link Via].
posted by amyms at 9:47 PM PST - 53 comments

You'll put your eye out!

Jean Shepherd was one of the greatest storytellers ever to be heard on radio. The Jean Shepherd Project collects recordings of these historic broadcasts, converts them to mp3 files and makes them available to be revisited by his longtime fans and by those who wish to discover what great American storytelling is all about. [more inside]
posted by carsonb at 8:05 PM PST - 26 comments

"turn to page 69 of any book and read it. If you like that page, buy the book."

The Page 69 Test --inspired by Marshall McLuhan's suggestion to readers for choosing a novel, a new blog, inviting authors to describe what's on page 69. One says: Not the best, but not the worst. If my pages were presidents, I’d put page 69 somewhere in the James K. Polk range.
posted by amberglow at 7:17 PM PST - 28 comments

Life Is Short

Passage -- a small game about a big subject.
posted by empath at 6:57 PM PST - 24 comments

The Unsung Joe: Where bit--part actors go when they die

The Unsung Joe: Where bit-part actors go when they die. Biographies of the most obscure micro-stars of 1940s and '50s cinema, all remarkably well-researched and richly illustrated.
posted by jack_mo at 5:51 PM PST - 28 comments

Burnt Face Man

The Gay Adventures of Burnt Face Man.
posted by C17H19NO3 at 5:44 PM PST - 14 comments

To Snitch or Not To Snitch: That Is The Question

Stop Snitchin' may be the hidden link between hip hop and the 1980s alternative rock group, House of Freaks. According to the New York Post, journalist Ethan Brown has accomplished "making the Stop Snitching movement seem reasonable" in his new book Snitch: Informants, Cooperators, and the Corruption of Justice. Brown argues that harsh mandatory minimum sentences for drug offenses have created a "cottage industry of cooperators" and informants who fabricate evidence, because Provision 5K1.1 of federal sentencing guidelines gives leniency in exchange for "substantial assistance to authorities." According to Brown, two of these criminal cooperators included Ray Dandridge and Ricky Gray, the perpetrators of the Richmond spree murders that ended the life of Brian Harvey of House of Freaks, his wife, and his two children. On the other hand, Mark Kleiman argues that the Stop Snitchin' movement has driven homicide clearance rates so low that, in some cities, "you have a better than even chance of literally getting away with murder." [more inside]
posted by jonp72 at 5:16 PM PST - 61 comments

Beyond Belief: Enlightenment 2.0.

Beyond Belief: Enlightment 2.0. Video of the five sessions of the 2007 Beyond Belief conference on science and religion has been posted at The Science Network's website. Each Google Video runs about four hours. (This year's speakers; this year's agenda; previously.)
posted by Prospero at 4:38 PM PST - 12 comments

Is adoption the best option?

After outrage was sparked by a Dutch couple who abandoned their Korean adopted daughter in Hong Kong (and they wouldn't be the first couple to consider returning an adopted child like a shelter puppy) some may start to wonder whether adoption is an unmitigated good. Foreign adoptions are especially prone to accusations of child buying, and some adoptees are mad as hell at the racism inherent in the adoption trade. Even domestic adoption is criticized by some for being traumatic to both mothers and their children.
posted by InnocentBystander at 2:24 PM PST - 138 comments

The Life and Adventures of Zamba

"It will no doubt be deemed a strange circumstance that an African negro should attempt to write a book, and that he should presume to offer his production to the enlightened people of Great Britain."

The Life and Adventures of Zamba, an African Negro King; and His Experience of Slavery in South Carolina. Written by Himself.
posted by borkingchikapa at 1:28 PM PST - 16 comments

The Megacity

"The really disturbing thing about Lagos’s pickers and venders is that their lives have essentially nothing to do with ours. They scavenge an existence beyond the margins of macroeconomics. They are, in the harsh terms of globalization, superfluous." The Megacity, George Packer in Lagos.
posted by afu at 1:09 PM PST - 25 comments

popculture advertising ephemera

From about 1875 to the 1940s, cigarette cards spurred tobacco sales. Sets offer a glimpse into the popculture of the times, spanning newsmakers, cinema celebrities, and sports stars; cute illustrated subjects, like "frisky" and children with rosy cheeks; handy info like air raid precautions, first aid, and amusing tricks; and neat stuff like famous escapes, exotic races, and figures of speech. Browse more fun sets of vintage images.
posted by madamjujujive at 12:25 PM PST - 21 comments


Building a mandolin from start to finish. A beautiful documentary in three parts on the work of the late great Portland luthier John Sullivan.
posted by OverlappingElvis at 12:14 PM PST - 9 comments

Merry Christmas, Mayor Daley

Last week, the Chicago Reader laid off four of its best journalists: John Conroy (previously), Harold Henderson, Tori Marlan, and Steve Bogira. The cuts almost certainly mark the beginning of the end of the paper's role in Chicago as an investigative force and a corruption watchdog. The New York Times responds with a salute to Conroy and a defense of muckraking's relevance. [more inside]
posted by Iridic at 12:02 PM PST - 25 comments

Probably not quite a fiasco!

Atlanta's Theat(er|re) community is unloading on a local Christmas show. [more inside]
posted by bovious at 10:21 AM PST - 32 comments

Bonnie and Clyde my ass...

"This story would be nothing without the photos" [more inside]
posted by butterstick at 10:14 AM PST - 80 comments

Old Clothes

Puzzled about what to get the history buff, throwback or Luddite on your holiday shopping list? Explore the sutler's wares in the world of historic reproduction clothing! Strut your eighteenth-century style with Jas. Townsend & Son, or dress for the Lewis & Clark expedition with Smoke & Fire. provides the finest in Mexican War and Cavalry/Indian War apparel, as well as fashion to end all wars in theWWI collection. Don't forget the ladies (and weak-minded gents) left at home - Blockade Runner offers fine Civil War civvies. [more inside]
posted by Miko at 9:20 AM PST - 22 comments

Giant, Angry, Moving Mountains

Maverick's, (previously: 1, 2, 3) the legendary birthplace of big-wave surfing, saw one of its biggest, scariest days ever one week ago today. While I sat at a desk, the pros and the stone crazy were cheating death, not once, but twice on fog-shrouded, moving mountains. All in a day's work.
posted by whahappen?! at 8:58 AM PST - 29 comments

The Golden Dreydl

The Golden Dreydl (streaming audio): a wonderfully... different arrangement of Tchaikovsky's Nutcracker Suite. [more inside]
posted by halogen at 8:01 AM PST - 4 comments

Led Zeppelin live - December 10, 2007

Your head is humming and it won't go, in case you don't know.
The piper's calling you to join him.
Dear lady, can you hear the wind blow, and did you know,
Your stairway lies on the whispering wind...
Led Zeppelin live - December 10, 2007
posted by Pastabagel at 7:27 AM PST - 90 comments

This post has been innovisioneered by trained professionals.

Worst Word Mashup Trademark Filings. From the guy who brought you the FARK NSFW shenanigans and the Dreamcast 2 foofaraw. Innovisioneering? Really?
posted by Rock Steady at 7:20 AM PST - 15 comments

Best-Designed Sites on the Web by Popular Vote

CommandShift3 is like Hot or Not. Except, instead of clicking on hot babes, you click on hot websites. It's actually a pretty nice way to check out good design on the web. [more inside]
posted by MattS at 7:14 AM PST - 16 comments

I Got Stoned and Missed It

Shel Silverstein, songwriter. "A Boy Named Sue," as performed by Johnny Cash; "One's on the Way," performed by Loretta Lynn; "The Unicorn Song" performed by the Irish Rovers. (All YouTube links) [more inside]
posted by Astro Zombie at 5:53 AM PST - 29 comments

It's a bird! It's a plane! It's a flying puppet!

Carl Rankin builds awesome RC planes out of straws, plastic wrap, tape, and foam take-out boxes. (via)
posted by MrMoonPie at 5:19 AM PST - 12 comments

The Bible According to Google Earth

The Bible According to Google Earth A new artwork imagines four scenes from the Bible as if captured by Google Earth
posted by alexanderj at 5:12 AM PST - 35 comments


Food Photoblog of the No Shower Family. Representing Tainan, Taiwan on the food blogging map!!
posted by rxrfrx at 4:00 AM PST - 20 comments

Eight Bars of Soul

Proceeding Otis by two years and 364 days, Sam Cooke was shot and killed on this day in 1964. Much controversy still surrounds his death, but his legacy is untouchable and influence sweeping. From gospel to pop, he did it all. You Send Me, Ain't That Good News, Cupid, Chain Gang, and Bring it on Home to Me were some of his biggest hits and (along with Ray's work) the early foundations of soul; but it was one song, inspired by a white boy's passion, that gave a posthumous voice to a broken nation. Today and forever, Sam Cooke is yours, he'll never grow old.
posted by Roman Graves at 2:59 AM PST - 31 comments

Experimental Philosophy

The New New Philosophy. "Philosophers are increasingly eager to go out into the world and conduct experiments. But will their results settle any arguments?" [Via Mind Hacks]
posted by homunculus at 12:04 AM PST - 69 comments

December 10

The confining dark...

The Enigma of Amigara Fault is an absolutely compelling and terribly creepy short manga story by Junji Ito about mysterious human-shaped holes exposed in a cliff by an earthquake, each perfectly matching the outline of someone who is then compelled to enter the confining, claustrophobic darkness. For more of Ito in English, there is Falling. Make sure to read from right to left.
posted by blahblahblah at 9:57 PM PST - 71 comments

The Whale Hunt

A photographic catalog of a traditional whale hunt. (Flash, photos include whale hunting in all its bloody detail) In order to develop an experimental interface for storytelling, photographer Jonathan Harris accompanied a family of Inupiat Eskimos on a subsistence whale hunt. During his week long journey, he took 3,214 photographs, including pictures taken every 5 minutes while he was sleeping. The navigation allows for for very quick navigation through the series, using a heartbeat metaphor and a number of filtering constraints so that you can narrow your search to cast members, locations on the journey, and even something as loose as a photo's "concept". via
posted by mkb at 7:31 PM PST - 20 comments

Three Years. Fifteen Suicides.

Prison and the Mentally Ill in Massachusetts: The Globe reports on the pitfalls and consequences of using a retribution-based correctional system on the criminally insane in MA, as inmates in the state kill themselves at triple the national rate. Part I. Part II. Part III (in tomorrow's Globe). Photos of the system's most troubled. Last words of some disturbed inmates. [more inside]
posted by rollbiz at 6:55 PM PST - 92 comments

The Last Battlefield

It has been called the Last Battlefield of World War II in Europe. [more inside]
posted by beagle at 5:17 PM PST - 31 comments

Why does the WGA hate freedom and democracy so much?

On December 7th, talks between the Writer's Guild of America (WGA) and the Alliance of Motion Picture and Television Producers (AMPTP) broke down. From "We are heartbroken to report that despite our best efforts, including sending them a muffin basket, making them a mix CD, and standing outside their window with a boombox blasting Peter Gabriel songs, our talks with the WGA have broken down."
posted by Tehanu at 4:52 PM PST - 48 comments

Animal Planet investigates alcoholism in monkeys

"Significantly, the percentage of monkeys and humans who avoid alcohol is the same." [YouTube]
posted by finite at 4:32 PM PST - 28 comments

Humans are evolving rapidly

Humans are evolving more rapidly than in the distant past, according to a new study published in PNAS. "The massive growth of human populations has led to far more genetic mutations, and every mutation that is advantageous to people has a chance of being selected and driven toward fixation. We are more different genetically from people living 5,000 years ago than they were different from Neanderthals", says lead author John Hawks. [more inside]
posted by stbalbach at 3:53 PM PST - 136 comments

American Idol. Err... American Icon.

American Icons from Public Radio International's Studio 360 is host/author Kurt Andersen's "...survey into the books, movies, art, and architecture that have come to represent American culture and character."* For example, in the episode on 'Moby-Dick,' listen to Ray Bradbury, Tony Kushner and Frank Stella talk about Melville and his literary masterpiece. Listen to Laurie Anderson compare 'Moby Dick' to 'Star Trek.' In a segment on 'The Great Gatsby,' listen to the only known recording of F. Scott Fitzgerald. Then witness Salman Rushdie as he credits 'The Wizard of Oz' as his first literary influence while Bobby McFerrin performs snippets from his eight-minute medley condensing the entire movie.*
posted by ericb at 3:48 PM PST - 10 comments

Jew - Not a Jew.

Know your musical Jews!
posted by KevinSkomsvold at 2:59 PM PST - 49 comments

4) Don't touch me there!

The Four Essential Travel Phrases in 435 languages + 242 dialects + 49 conlangs!
Including Popculture English and more!
See also: I Can Eat does not hurt me.
posted by sushiwiththejury at 2:58 PM PST - 34 comments

Earle of the land of Imagination

4 Artists Paint 1 Tree, a segment from Disneyland included on the recent DVD release of Walt Disney's Sleeping Beauty, features the artistic process of one of my favorite painters and cartoon modernists, Eyvind Earle. If you've seen Sleeping Beauty, Lady and the Tramp, Paul Bunyan or Peter Pan, you're familiar with the fantastical and brilliant landscapes he produces. His paintings show a particular fondness for Big Sur and Central California.
posted by Ambrosia Voyeur at 2:35 PM PST - 5 comments

Black, in white stripes

"Newman's prediction that I am gone for life, to be buggered by American criminals, will not come to pass," said Lord Black.

NewsFilter: American criminals pleasantly surprised.
posted by bicyclefish at 2:08 PM PST - 33 comments

Reading Anna Karenina in Africa

Doris Lessing's Nobel Prize for Literature acceptance speech. "The storyteller is deep inside everyone of us. The story-maker is always with us. Let us suppose our world is attacked by war, by the horrors that we all of us easily imagine. Let us suppose floods wash through our cities, the seas rise . . . but the storyteller will be there, for it is our imaginations which shape us, keep us, create us - for good and for ill. It is our stories that will recreate us, when we are torn, hurt, even destroyed."
posted by jokeefe at 1:50 PM PST - 20 comments

The Terrible Secret of Animal Crossing

The Terrible Secret of Animal Crossing "I've documented the journey of Billy, a young, happy lad who believes he's going off to have fantastic adventures at summer camp... This is a literal and practically contextual account of what happens to poor bastards sent to Animal Crossing."
posted by chrismear at 1:38 PM PST - 28 comments

The Wheel Turns

Brandon Sanderson has been selected to write the twelfth volume in the Wheel of Time, having been chosen on account of his previous books Elantris and Mistborn
posted by ChrisR at 1:31 PM PST - 27 comments

Live Japan Rail Cam

Railway TV. Live video from the front of a train in Japan. [more inside]
posted by brownpau at 1:28 PM PST - 14 comments

Rage, Rage, Ted

Being But Men. Every year around this time, this interstitial runs and I am reminded of the genius of Dylan Thomas and how much fun it must be to make interstitials for TNT. [more inside]
posted by The Bellman at 1:17 PM PST - 8 comments

Hi, this is the Big O, Otis Redding....

O-T-I-S R-E-D-D-I-N-G died 40 years ago today at the age of 26.
posted by tallthinone at 12:35 PM PST - 26 comments

Cat Coiffure

"If you have any creature in the house with a head bigger than a walnut (including boyfriends), you need a Kitty Wig™."
posted by hermitosis at 12:33 PM PST - 34 comments

The whore you know...

Hieronymus Bosch Action Figures: Bosch action figures; a perfect gift for that special niece or nephew whose tastes tend toward the demonic and grotesque.
posted by psmealey at 12:19 PM PST - 21 comments

Reflection's Edge

Reflection's Edge, a monthly fiction zine (back issues), has many resources for writers, including slang/dialect (don't miss the links to Texas Talk, the Internet Guide to Jazz Age Slang, or the 1736 Canting Dictionary), writing advice and interviews, and advice on how to sell your story.
posted by Pants! at 11:34 AM PST - 9 comments

dance like nobody's watching.

Not just for PTSD.
posted by gman at 10:44 AM PST - 37 comments

The Virtual Tourist in Renaissance Rome

The Speculum Romanae Magnificentiae A collection of over 900 zoomable print engravings, organized around the work of Antonio Lafreri and other Italian publishers, whose documentation of Roman ruins and statues helped fuel the Renaissance. The itineraries are a good place to start for detailed discussion, or just browse away. [via the wonderful Bouphonia]
posted by mediareport at 7:29 AM PST - 7 comments

Cheers, Big Ears!

The first known film of the long-eared jerboa, an endangered Mongolian rodent with legs like a kangaroo, was released today by the owners of London Zoo. Previously
posted by chuckdarwin at 4:25 AM PST - 28 comments

Philip Beesley

Philip Beesley is an architect who also creates wonderful kinetic sculptures. You can see them in motion on his Youtube page.
posted by swordfishtrombones at 3:50 AM PST - 2 comments

Pictures of Bicycles

Pictures of bicycles. And previously. Please be advised, there some pictures of girls that might be considered Not Work-Safe, but mostly just lots and lots of really sexy bicycles.
posted by From Bklyn at 12:54 AM PST - 38 comments

December 9

Maximum Fun

Maximum Fun! Interviews with all sorts of interesting people. John Hodgman and Henry Rollins, Brendon Small and Peter Molyneux, Terry Jones, Jonathan Katz and Jonathan Goldstein, Patton Oswalt, Elmore Leonard, They Might Be Giants, Ira Glass, and many, many more, from all areas of the arts and sciences and stuff. Something for everyone! [more inside]
posted by stavrosthewonderchicken at 11:57 PM PST - 38 comments

Marry Me

"What if I could get Neil Gaiman, our most fave author and fantasy writer, to help propose to my girlfriend?" A sweet tale of how Jason got Neil Gaiman to stage the proposal. (Video here. From Gravity Lens)
posted by growabrain at 9:53 PM PST - 29 comments

Double the songs for half the space!

Mashups are a genre of music in which one or more songs by other artists are mixed together into a (hopefully) better whole.
posted by flatluigi at 2:19 PM PST - 76 comments

aka The Adventures of Obadiah Oldbuck

Histoire de M. Vieux Bois is considered the first modern comic book. Also available in GIF.
posted by sushiwiththejury at 2:09 PM PST - 6 comments

Celebrity Hypocrisy

Deceiver is a blog that exposes the hypocrisy of celebrities.
posted by Tube at 12:52 PM PST - 93 comments

The shrimp and the cabbage are very intimate.

Language log has uncovered the reason for the inappropriately common appearance of the word fuck in English translations on Chinese signs. One more Chinglish phenomenon explained.
posted by hindmost at 12:47 PM PST - 72 comments

It's making me blush

All About My Dog - Marimo
posted by brett at 10:39 AM PST - 23 comments

The Politics of Posters

Award-winning ad exec Rich Silverstein (Goodby, Silverstein, and Partners) who is known for creating the "Got Milk" campaign -- among many -- has created three posters designed with input from the public to depict "The Bush Years". The results - Events, Slogans and People. Of the project Silverstein said: "Here is my thinking. What if we could TiVo the last six-plus years and play them back - without comment -- for the American people, and let them connect the dots?"* Republicans respond with posters of their own: Posterizing the Democratic Party.
posted by ericb at 10:06 AM PST - 141 comments


The Gömböc is the first known convex, homogeneous shape having just one stable and one unstable point (i.e. altogether two points) of equilibrium. A little like some turtles' shells (or weebles), it's self-righting, but for purely geometric reasons. [more inside]
posted by gleuschk at 10:02 AM PST - 35 comments

Repression in Burma

Crackdown: Repression of the 2007 Popular Protests in Burma.
posted by homunculus at 9:21 AM PST - 32 comments

Web2.0 vs. the 4th Dimension

Miomi (beta) is taking all the world’s information—including the personal history of as many people as possible—and putting it all in a big fat timeline. [more inside]
posted by carsonb at 8:03 AM PST - 17 comments


What I Killed Today. I work with a lot of injured wildlife. Also not wild animals that are just in a lot of pain. Sometimes I have to euthanize them. I decided to record each animal I euthanize here.
posted by monju_bosatsu at 6:47 AM PST - 77 comments

Things Other People Accomplished When They Were Your Age

Things Other People Accomplished When They Were Your Age.
posted by Soup at 1:06 AM PST - 77 comments

December 8

...because any course of action can be made out to accord with the rule...

Is Kant wrong for America, or is deontism defensible? (via) [more inside]
posted by Alex404 at 11:44 PM PST - 22 comments

Tanks for the Holidays.

Please buy me a tank for Christmas.
posted by bigmusic at 11:12 PM PST - 33 comments

The Urge

Al Scaduto , illustrator of anachronistic comic They'll Do It Every Time passed away yesterday at the age of 79. An impressive tribute by the band of irrepressible cynics who warmed to his style and generosity despite themselves and had recently comprised a great deal of the participating audience component of the strip, joined by family and friends.
posted by setanor at 10:36 PM PST - 13 comments

Lake Michigan First, Last Stop on Dream Voyage

Pavel Bernek had grand plans for his newly-refurbished, 34-foot sailboat. "He schemed to cross the Atlantic, blow through the Strait of Gibraltar and drop anchor in the Mediterranean Sea, where he hoped his girlfriend would be waiting for him. But here in reality - in Milwaukee - the wounded "Falcon" lies on its side, in shin-deep water, ravaged by more than a month's worth of wintry punches from an ornery Lake Michigan." [more inside]
posted by M.C. Lo-Carb! at 4:27 PM PST - 38 comments

50 Answers

50 Answers. Like AskMe, but not helpful, and in comic form.
posted by Rock Steady at 3:17 PM PST - 33 comments

I want you now on a silver platter

Unknown Hinson is the stage name of Stuart Daniel Baker. The persona is "dark parody of the country western stars from the early/mid 20th century." according to a Wikipedia entry. Playing this archetype his songs expose the often misogynistic, and violent life between the lines of "Old school country artists". [more inside]
posted by nola at 2:29 PM PST - 24 comments

Two interviews for 'Blade Runner' fans

This link goes to an discussion with 'Future Noir' author Paul Sammon... then this one goes to a Q&A with 'BR' director Ridley Scott, talking about the upcoming re-release.
posted by Rajamadan at 1:59 PM PST - 12 comments

War Games

What Mahmoud Ahmadinejad needs to survive politically is possibly a War. However the possibility that plans for military action have been torpedoed have brought 'howls' from the neocons.
posted by adamvasco at 1:03 PM PST - 38 comments

American Elf free for all

The archives of American Elf, the celebrated online comic diary of cartoonist and rocker (audio) James Kochalka, are now free. There's the occasional NSFW-ish cartoon nudity and swearing. [more inside]
posted by hydrophonic at 11:00 AM PST - 26 comments

1st OLPCs in Uruguay

First OLPC deployment, in Uruguay.
posted by signal at 7:57 AM PST - 44 comments

`Love the fucking baby, yourself.`

posted by sushiwiththejury at 7:42 AM PST - 38 comments

Ring Cycle - Superheroes, Steroids and Suicides

"'It's been a magical evening,' Joel says as the Great Khali hits the Undertaker with a dustbin lid." Jon Ronson (and son) journey into the world of WWE to investigate the death of Chris Benoit.
posted by fearfulsymmetry at 6:28 AM PST - 17 comments

Wally Deane: rockin' 'n' rollin' 'n' coppin' a cartoon riff.

Hey daddy-o, when you hear that big brash horn section pump out that oddly familiar riff, only to stop cold and make way for that that prescient single note from an electric guitar, followed straightaway by a twangy voice in perfect rockabilly delivery proclaiming "well, she's got a dress that looks like a sack!", then brother, you're listening to the hoppin' boppin' sound of Wally Deane's Drag On. Once you hear it, you'll wonder why Quentin Tarrantino never put it in a movie. Wally Deane: one of the greatest rockabilly acts you never heard of.
posted by flapjax at midnite at 1:40 AM PST - 21 comments

Luc Sante blogs

Luc Sante has started a blog (according to Sasha Frere-Jones). Two entries so far, the first on a book cover from the 60's and the second on a picture of a rockabilly band. From the 2nd blog post: And that is why we come here once a year to lay a wreath at the tomb of the unknown rockabilly band: to persuade them to rest, and lay off the young. But just have a look at them--they were never meant to be! They should never have tried occupying the same stage, and they should have left music to find its own way home. The piano player, with his incipient Mickey Mouse ears, was clearly destined for a career working with puppets. The twins on guitar and bass were natural-born casino greeters. The other guitarist has the fine tapered hands of a pest-control agent specializing in silverfish. And the drummer--he was meant as an example. What happened to him should have been shown to driver-safety classes in every high school in the country. [more inside]
posted by Kattullus at 12:18 AM PST - 17 comments

The Zen Mind

The Zen Mind - An Introduction. A Day in the Life of a Zen Monk. Zazen - A Guide to Sitting. Interview with a Zen Buddhist Priest (previously). [more inside]
posted by homunculus at 12:08 AM PST - 36 comments

December 7

Bakin' cookies with bacon!

Bacon Chocolate Chip Cookies. Other bacon cookies have been mentioned before, but considering how well-received bacon and odd food pairings have generally been (among other unapologetic monstrosities), I decided this was worth sharing. [via]
posted by Lush at 11:33 PM PST - 33 comments

Atari Games, A good place to stay on your way to EA

10 Years of Atari/Atari Games VaxMail . For a glimpse of the Atari plant ca. 1992, view the cheesy internal 20th Anniversary video (part 1, part 2).
posted by panamax at 8:13 PM PST - 11 comments

Kleenex(tm) in aisle NSFW(tm)

NSFW (tm) --Drew Curtis (Fark) attempts to trademark "Not Safe For Work"
posted by F Mackenzie at 6:33 PM PST - 102 comments


Germany Seeks to Ban Scientology
posted by chuckdarwin at 5:13 PM PST - 142 comments

High quality re-creations of medieval armor

A few examples of high-quality re-creations of medieval armor. Much of this is created using historical techniques (youtube,) by men (slightly NSFW) who can only be called masters. But it ain't cheap. [more inside]
posted by agentofselection at 4:36 PM PST - 11 comments

The three together is God. That's the same thing with us three.

Imagine being born into a set of triplets. You are all inseparable... for an entire lifetime the three of you live together, work together, play music together... your bond is so unique and people find you so endearing that you all even become famous together. Now imagine that time has passed and you have become a frail 85 year old, left alone for the first time in eight decades... Send Milly Del Rubio a Christmas card. [more inside]
posted by miss lynnster at 4:09 PM PST - 26 comments

Personal submarines

I think the trouble is telling them what the project is about. People think you are mad. Once I started telling people it was for “an oil tank”, they started to take me seriously. Guernsey Submarine documents the building of a homemade submersible. You can also watch another K-350 in action, read about how to design them, or buy plans, if you're truly inspired.
posted by Upton O'Good at 3:53 PM PST - 3 comments


"Hundreds of thousands of Americans have endured tours of duty in Iraq. They are returning home with a new word on their lips. It will have an impact on the American Experiment, inshallah."
posted by Firas at 3:51 PM PST - 52 comments

Right Wing Rock!

Right Wing Rock! (Download links at the bottom of the page.)
posted by Armitage Shanks at 3:32 PM PST - 29 comments

me and whoever down at the schoolyard

Can I Sit With You? The stormy social seas of the schoolyard
posted by konolia at 3:04 PM PST - 13 comments

BONUS: The Game is Really Fun to Play!

Iron Grip: The Oppression is a multiplayer total conversion mod for Half Life 2 that blends real time strategy and first person shooter elements along the lines of Natural Selection. One player takes control of “The Oppression,” playing the game primarily in a top down view, building and then issuing orders to AI units such as the stormtrooper-like Grenadiers, and tanks. Every other player on the server forms “The Resistance,” taking on, with a traditional FPS play style, the persona of one of ten freedom fighters and vying with the RTS controlled units for map control. [more inside]
posted by Faux Real at 3:01 PM PST - 12 comments

Crackdollhouse? Dollcrackhouse?

The Baltimore Block Real life in miniature.
posted by jacquilynne at 2:56 PM PST - 19 comments

2.2 Square Miles, Most of It 6 Feet Deep.

Colma, CA is a necropolis created when San Francisco banned burials within the city limits in the late 1800's because of space and public health concerns. A town of 2.2 square miles, 73% is devoted to cemetaries and the dead outnumber the living thousands to one. Buckethead named an album after it. There's a musical about it (sort of). Other necropolises around the world.
posted by rollbiz at 2:39 PM PST - 22 comments

Rule 34 for photos of bacon on people

Food and Beauty is a series of portraits of models with meat (and fish, and other kinds of food). It's strange, it's off-putting, it's sometimes sexy, but mostly ewww. Somehow I bet somewhere there is a Rule 34 site dedicated to weird shit like this (via Serious Eats)
posted by mathowie at 1:19 PM PST - 21 comments

Karlheinz Stockhausen Dead at 79

RIP Karlheinz Stockhausen, 1928-2007.
posted by teletype1 at 12:41 PM PST - 51 comments


The Commodore 64, many geek's first love, is turning 25. You can relive the glory, and still find a lot of the old software. Even more surprising is how much is still being done with it. Someone ported vi to it (obviously not EMACS). Somone else wrote a browser. For the ultimate, a souped up motherboard merges the C64 with contemporary peripherals.
posted by MrGuilt at 12:01 PM PST - 85 comments

Obscure timelines and curiosities

Artslynx's theatre resources section is a goldmine of links to research and support sites for every aspect of theatrical production and dramaturgy. Especially useful are the Artslynx timelines. Need to know when cling wrap came into usage? Check out the prop timeline. Lots of additional links to outside timelines and history sites for anyone with a thirst for obscure sociological information, a love of craptacularly designed scrolling pages, and generally and too much time on their hands. For example: food, fashion, ephemera, and people who have died onstage [more inside]
posted by stagewhisper at 11:59 AM PST - 3 comments

Ain't superstitious, baby.

Meet Mojo, a runaway who was finally buried 80 years after his death. Visit with the Orviss family in their spacious mausoleum. Don’t mind the whispers; there’s no reason to be superstitious. It’s just Calvert, Texas.
posted by found dog one eye at 11:42 AM PST - 6 comments

Yet more B&W NYC (and Paris) photos for your enjoyment.

Louis Stettner: Atmospheric black and white photos of Paris and New York by Brooklyn-born photographer who now lives in France. Some are sexy, some amusing, some poignant. A series on Penn station in the 1950s is especially nice, and a big contrast to the candy colored Mad Men palette. Beware mispelled main url. via.
posted by CunningLinguist at 11:23 AM PST - 9 comments

Not that Big Box Armor you're used to.

"Your dog will need to be a pitbull shaped dog around 65 lbs or Ill need your dog here in person to get the right fit." Armor with a personal touch. A full suit of armor for $610! And you your pitbull shaped dog can even match. Oh, and in case you share a hobby with the janitor from Scrubs, you can get this as well. [more inside]
posted by PhatLobley at 10:55 AM PST - 33 comments

Blondes have more fjords

The blonde map of Europe. According to this map at least 80% of the population is fair-haired, in the central parts of Norway, Sweden and Finland. So make your reservations to see the blondes now, as the BBC reports that we'll be out of blondes by 2202. Though, Snopes calls BS on this. [more inside]
posted by psmealey at 10:21 AM PST - 43 comments

Cry "Havoc!"and let slip the cats of war

Cats in Wartime on land, at sea, and memorialized. (With discussion of some of the most famous-- like Simon and Oscar.) Also, What Cats Know About War, previously on metafilter. [more inside]
posted by dersins at 9:52 AM PST - 13 comments

¡ASK A MEXICAN! Not Playing in Peoria

The joke falls flat in Eugene, Oregon. [more inside]
posted by Danf at 9:46 AM PST - 41 comments

life in Bangladesh has excellent recipes, visuals, articles and information about life, history, living in Bangladesh, which borders India, Meghalaya, Nagaland, Assam, Burma and is near the Himalayan country of Bhutan. Among the many interesting things included in this site is disturbing information: mustard oil, whose production and consumption were until recently integral to India's way of life, has been banned, so as to provide a market for Monsanto's soya oil and the poisoning of between 85 and 125 million people with arsenic.
posted by nickyskye at 9:21 AM PST - 20 comments

Evin is a Kurdish female name, meaning "love".

Evin is a Kurdish female name, meaning "love": Part [1] [2] [3] [4] [5] [6]
posted by chunking express at 7:52 AM PST - 14 comments

Incompatibility between French bread and German Nutella

Are you a Nutella connoisseur? Can you tell the difference between French and German Nutella? An informative 4 minute lesson on YouTube.
posted by Wolfdog at 7:37 AM PST - 48 comments

....nothing but the truth so help you yourself

A judge has issued a court summons for Lord Hanuman and Lord Ram, two Hindu gods, to settle a dispute over ownership of a temple. The initial summons were rejected due to an incomplete address, following which adverts were placed in the local press. [more inside]
posted by bap98189 at 6:25 AM PST - 33 comments

A different album every night

The brothers Ron and Russ Mael a.k.a. Sparks intend to play their entire back catalogue of albums over 21 nights in May 2008 in London. The 'hugely talented Los Angeles wideacres' have crossed many genres in their career, combining a fine ear and eye for pop culture with fantastic lyrics. They have influenced Morrissey and Franz Ferdinand among many others. A youtube playlist pulled together for anyone who wants to see some great videos, tunes and some bizarre footage. [more inside]
posted by ClanvidHorse at 5:08 AM PST - 20 comments

Indexed on US Politics

Jessica Hagy, author of indexed (previously) covers the 2008 Presidential Election for McClatchy's "alt.campaign" site.
posted by whir at 1:47 AM PST - 7 comments

Mark Wahl Blog

Burning Man 1862. Brian Eno iPod. Worst captcha ever. Mark Wahl's blog.
posted by Meatbomb at 1:03 AM PST - 29 comments

Flash Friday

Angular Momentum Get balls into holes, using curves, walls, levitating thingies, accelerators. (Via)
posted by No Mutant Enemy at 12:03 AM PST - 20 comments

December 6

1988: 50k dead, 2007: 3k-5k still homeless

19th Anniversary of Spitak Earthquake At 11:41am on December 7, 1988, a 7 point scale earthquake shook the Soviet Republic of Armenia. A massive Soviet-wide aid campaign began. Aid workers from outside of the Soviet Union were allowed in, for the first time in Soviet history. Many argue that the 50,000+ deaths were in part due to poor construction of the Soviet era buildings. Any hope for reconstruction fell apart with the collapse of the Soviet Union though. 19 years later, many people are still living in "temporary" housing, called "Domiks" , estimates are around 3000-5000 people still homeless after 19 years. A child of the earthquake remembers. ABC News coverage and Time Magazine coverage.
posted by k8t at 10:57 PM PST - 5 comments

Skarabej is an online museum of old family photographs

Skarabej is an online museum of old family photographs from all over the world. Thousands of them. Some are creepy, others depressing and then a few happy ones to break it up a bit.
posted by Kattullus at 10:56 PM PST - 7 comments

'If, in a government agency, anyone has to wait in line for more than 15 minutes, the official in question is obliged to humbly apologise, and explain the reason for the delay.'

Nobel Laureate Gerardus 't Hooft has an asteroid named after him. Dr. 't Hooft has drawn up a constitution. [more inside]
posted by sushiwiththejury at 8:27 PM PST - 11 comments

Pre-Friday Flash Fun

Paul and Dave, creators of the extremely popular Desktop Tower Defense flash game, have just opened up their new flash games site to the public! [more inside]
posted by flatluigi at 7:08 PM PST - 18 comments


Russos takes photos of Moscow Metro construction. Also of a half-abandoned river port, a cool bridge being put together, and an old underground nuclear submarine base. But mostly of the Metro, behind the scenes. (Don't ask me how he gets access.) [more inside]
posted by parudox at 5:45 PM PST - 4 comments

Brian Eno: A Sandbox In Alphaville

Lester Bangs on Brian Eno [more inside]
posted by GalaxieFiveHundred at 5:43 PM PST - 32 comments

The United States does not {video tape} torture.

CIA destroys videotapes of "advanced interrogations" [more inside]
posted by zerobyproxy at 5:10 PM PST - 116 comments

Quiz: are you an asshole ?

Are you an asshole ? Of course you are not ...but what if you look, walk, and quack like an ....asshole ? You may be seen as one ! Fear not, for this King of All AssHoles that goes by the name of Bob Sutton wrote a test for you. He also wrote a book and he dares teach at Stanford and even has spare time to run a blog. What a royal ass !
posted by elpapacito at 4:54 PM PST - 40 comments

Theft recovery "was created by police officers to provide the best possible asset tracking and property recovery services in the world. is an innovative tool designed to easily register assets in order to facilitate their recovery if they are lost or stolen. joins forces with online auctions to help identify stolen property."
posted by tristeza at 3:59 PM PST - 7 comments

The Ten Doctors

The geekiest thing you will see this month is this fan-made comic called The Ten Doctors. Unexpectedly awesome, though!
posted by JHarris at 3:57 PM PST - 34 comments

Securing Adolescents From Exploitation-Online Act

Yesterday, the US House passed the SAFE Act. No, not that one. Points of note:
- If signed into law, the SAFE Act will require people offering WiFi at their cafe, library, or even allowing their neighbours to use it, who notice that someone appears to have viewed certain dirty cartoons, or pictures of fully-clothed children looking sexy, to immediately make a comprehensive report to John Walsh's CyberTipLine, and retain the images, or face a fine of up to $150,000.
- ISPs or email services have the same obligations, and must store all data relating to the user's account, to be handed over to the authorities.
- The Democrats rushed the legislation through using a mechanism intended for non-controversial legislation. There was no hearing or committee vote. The legislation changed significantly before the vote and was not available for public review.
- The bill passed 409-2. Opposed were Paul Broun (R-Georgia) and Ron Paul (R-Texas). The Senate is next, so consider telling them what you think.
posted by East Manitoba Regional Junior Kabaddi Champion '94 at 3:44 PM PST - 98 comments

The Lost Border: Photographs of the Iron Curtain

The Lost Border: Photographs of the Iron Curtain
posted by Armitage Shanks at 2:18 PM PST - 22 comments

The 28 Most Recognizable Guitars

The 28 Most Recognizable Guitars.
posted by Soup at 1:50 PM PST - 83 comments

I'm tired of using technology, why don't you sit down on top of me?

From aquarium toilets to sself-cleaning toilets to intelligent toilets and musical multi-buttoned Japenese toilets, toilet technology has come a long way, baby.
posted by christonabike at 1:27 PM PST - 11 comments

Polaroid Composites

Polaroid Composites by Patrick Winfield. [Via Wooster Collective.]
posted by homunculus at 1:11 PM PST - 5 comments

... Part 2?

Dr. Seuss 2.0 NYT's blogger, David Pogue, expounds on the un-creative Seussification of 2.0 website names. Entertaining and right-on... except that the Washington Post featured the very same article a week earlier! Ouch.
posted by adamms222 at 1:07 PM PST - 48 comments

The Source of all the Music in your Head

Are You Not DEVO? You Are Mutato! LA Weekly goes behind the scenes of Mutato Muzika, the commercial music studio owned by Mark Mothersbaugh. Mark is a visual artist, composer, oh, and front man for a little band called DEVO who is "spending December at Mutato trying to create an album’s worth of new material and contemplating a method of dispersal in the post-record-company world."
posted by SansPoint at 11:58 AM PST - 14 comments

Google Chart API

Google's new Chart API makes images of various charts based entirely on URLs. There's no key required, so it's very easy to start adding charts to the 86% of statistics we're making up. As a starting point for chart play, MetaFilter as a chart.
posted by scottreynen at 11:53 AM PST - 55 comments

You know you hate them, or love them

The New England Patriots. Not The Patriot, or a Patriot, Rather the Patriots! Some folks *HATE* them. There's even a game. (About the game.) [more inside]
posted by valentinepig at 11:23 AM PST - 56 comments

Richard Beymer's Twin Peaks photos

Photographs taken on the set of Twin Peaks by Richard Beymer (who played Benjamin Horne).
posted by Prospero at 11:05 AM PST - 61 comments

Nicole Carroll doing bodyweight x15 in the Overhead Squat

Nicole Carroll is a CrossFit trainer who works out of Santa Cruz. Here is a video of her aiming for 15 reps of her bodyweight in the Overhead Squat, which is a very impressive lift. (In .wmv format) [more inside]
posted by jason's_planet at 10:40 AM PST - 54 comments

first facebook, now microsoft?

You want me to eat what?!? It's fun to talk about oral sex, but I want to chat about something else. To see if you have permission, sign in. Or just add to your IM. Failing that, see what Howard has to offer.
posted by gman at 10:40 AM PST - 20 comments

Get them to sign on the line which is dotted

The earliest recorded noncompete case was brought in England in 1414. Since then their power and utility has depended on which line you were signing. While some have shown they impede mobility of "superstar" talent could it also be they prevent entire geographic areas from maximizing their potential?
posted by zap rowsdower at 10:32 AM PST - 7 comments

Best of lists

Lists of Bests. Track your progress through "Best of lists.." of movies, books, etc.. add your own lists, compare your progress with others.
posted by stbalbach at 10:01 AM PST - 11 comments

Hell's Gate and Beyond

Maritime New York
posted by Miko at 10:00 AM PST - 5 comments

A Fingerprint-Protected Social Network for Girls

Some fancy security for 6 to 14-year-old girls Anne's Diary is a Canadian social network for 6 to 14-year-old girls (I read about it on the CBC's Spark blog). It has two interesting security features to fend off child molesters and the like. To sign up for the service, kids need to get a non-parental adult professional as a 'sponsor' who validates their identity and age (much like applying for a passport). Secondly, you get a USB fingerprint scanner with your initial package, and I gather the kids use this to log in to the service. And yes, that's Anne with an 'e'. No Prince Edward Island gable was ever this secure. [more inside]
posted by dbarefoot at 9:47 AM PST - 31 comments

Take a drag of pot, kid. You ain't chicken are you?

Hooked! Trapped! Teenage Booby Trap! Users Are Losers! Vintage anti-drug comics scanned and posted by Ethan Persoff. Plus dozens of other "Comics with Problems"-- like "Rex Morgan, MD Talks About Your Unborn Child" and "Capt Veedee-O and Ms. Wanda Lust in VD Claptrap."
posted by dersins at 9:46 AM PST - 15 comments

"Dr. Freud gave me a narcissus." -Virginia Woolf

Why do we read diaries?
posted by anotherpanacea at 9:42 AM PST - 31 comments

a seasonal cinemtatic imbroglio

The Bloody Olive - a 10 minute film noir in the spirit of the season. An interview about the film with director Vincent Bal.
posted by madamjujujive at 9:12 AM PST - 7 comments

No More Phoning It In at the Times

[archaic tech filter] Foreign correspondents and reporters in the field at the New York Times say goodbye to the paper of record's recording room.
posted by digaman at 8:34 AM PST - 9 comments

Don't Look Back In Anger

Rhino Releases The Brit Box It's hard to explain in 2007 what it feels like for music to be both uniting and important. Having spent nearly three years of the '90s living in London, it's with honest nostalgia and wonder that we examine Rhino's The Brit Box. The set's mission is rather broad: it attempts to examine the whole of UK indie rock from 1985-1999 and devotes a disc each to '80s indie, shoegaze, Britpop, and the late '90s. [more inside]
posted by psmealey at 8:30 AM PST - 60 comments

WGBH makes historic videos available online

"Open Vault provides online access to unique and historically important content produced by public television station WGBH for individual and classroom learning. The ever-expanding site contains video excerpts, searchable transcripts, a select number of complete interviews for purchase, and resource management tools." (Requires QuickTime) [more inside]
posted by OmieWise at 8:03 AM PST - 13 comments

Hear the Tintinnabulation of the Bells

Public sound sculptures can be beautiful ways of drawing passersby into creating music. Whether they're melodic chimes in subway stations, theremins in public parks, or the sounds of rivers and clocks in a art museum, all of them can add a little bit of magic to the everyday world. Paul Matisse is an artist who has created multiple public sound sculptures across the Boston Area. He built three sound sculptures in the Kendall Square subway station in Boston, and another in Charlestown, called the Charlestown Bells. [more inside]
posted by canine epigram at 7:15 AM PST - 22 comments

"With the right access and equipment you can do anything."

Creature discomforts. Aardman Animations has created a charming campaign for Leonard Cheshire Disability that plays off their much-loved BBC series Creature Comforts (for a sample of the original, try birds singing in Welsh or a classically disgruntled Brazilian jaguar). Be sure to check out the voices behind the characters.
posted by melissa may at 2:04 AM PST - 31 comments

Restoring the right to protest with your keyboard

The Government are clear that there should be no unnecessary restrictions on people's right to protest and it is right to review provisions which have generated such concern. Two years ago, the British government effectively removed the right to spontaneous peaceful protest around the UK Parliament. Now, that legislation is under review, with a public consultation open until mid-January. [more inside]
posted by Happy Dave at 1:58 AM PST - 9 comments

RIP That Guy Who Was in Beyond the Valley of the Dolls

Though best known for his role as hunky Lance Rocke in Beyond the Valley of the Dolls, the actor/author was also distinguished by a career as a beefcake pin-up boy. Sadly, he has passed away at the age of 67.
posted by dhammond at 12:50 AM PST - 25 comments

Canadian artist Norval Morrisseau died yesterday.

Norval Morrisseau died on Tuesday. Known also as Copper Thunderbird, the Picasso of the North, and the Father of the Woodland Indian school of Art, he was the first to record his culture's oral traditions in his paintings.
posted by meringue at 12:18 AM PST - 15 comments

Graphical explanation of CDOs

A graphical, animated explanation of how collateralized debt obligations (CDOs) work, by Felix Salmon, Maryanne Murray, Jeffrey Cane, Jacky Myint, and Shazna Nessa. The collapse in CDO valuations and the resulting losses to investors played a major role in the recent banking crisis. Via Paul Krugman.
posted by russilwvong at 12:06 AM PST - 42 comments

December 5


The omens and portents are appearing in your fridge and on your boob tube...Idiocracy is coming to pass. [more inside]
posted by codswallop at 9:50 PM PST - 66 comments

See It, Hear It, Smell It

Seeing, Hearing and Smelling the World. From the main page, click on the various articles to access a larger left-side menu, with articles including Illusions Reveal The Brain's Assumptions, A Hot Spot in the Brain's Motion Pathway, The Value of Having Two Ears, The Memory of Smells and much more.
posted by amyms at 9:27 PM PST - 2 comments

Time to get schooled by the professor!

Some kind soul has uploaded an exhaustive collection of Professor Julius Sumner Miller's Science Demonstrations to YouTube. This is my playlist, I thought the other fans of JSM on Metafilter might enjoy it.
posted by BartFargo at 7:14 PM PST - 47 comments

For those of us who enjoy coffins

Capsule hotels (or modular hotels , if you prefer) are all the rage these days. They started in Japan in the 1980s, but have only recently spread elsewhere to places like England. They aren't the cushiest digs you'll find, but they're a cheap no-frills alternative, and they're getting better all the time.
posted by Autarky at 6:37 PM PST - 41 comments

Santastic III

Santastic I, II, and now III, holiday mash-ups, alternate treatments and bootleg remixes.
posted by Mwongozi at 6:33 PM PST - 10 comments

Inside the "Ron Paul" Spam Botnet.

Inside the "Ron Paul" Spam Botnet. [more inside]
posted by chunking express at 6:04 PM PST - 171 comments

the future is open {

Papervision3D 2.0 released yesterday. Papervision3D is an open source 3D Engine for flash which provides a lightweight, browser friendly platform for rendering 3d content in your browser window. Papervision (some examples of PV3D in use: 1, 2, 3 (this third one might be awhile to load...), however, is only the tip of the iceberg which is a very committed and talented open source flash community. [more inside]
posted by localhuman at 5:53 PM PST - 11 comments

Here Today Is The Now Sound of Yesterday

The Now Sound of the Sixties is what's groovy, baby! Even Big Bands and Canadians are getting warm, wild, wonderful with the crazy sounds of that love generation. Check out Ella Fitzgerald singing Sunshine of Your Love and Lord Sitar's I Can See for Miles. Sergio Mendes & Brasil '66 do Wichita Lineman and Day Tripper, while lounge act Jackie & Roy do a rare cover version of the Beatles' The Word. The Alan Copeland Singers can't stop Goin' Out of My Head, but the Back Porch Majority looks like an outtake from A Mighty Wind with the hippie anthem, Get Together. But the hippest hep daddy of them all is Bing Crosby, who has both a Beatles medley and another medley of hit '60s tunes.
posted by jonp72 at 5:47 PM PST - 20 comments

Apocalypse Now

Depending on who you believe, either Guy Pearce or Viggo Mortensen will be cast in the lead role of the film adaptation of Cormac McCarthy's utterly brilliant dystopia, The Road. To my mind, the adaptation marks Hollywood's rekindling of the almost forgotten genre of the post-apocalyptical movie. With Mad Max, The Postman, Threads and The Day After, nuclear annihilation loomed large in the imaginations of filmmakers in the 70s and 80s. Since then cinematic dystopia has been projected in the realm of the fantastic (think 12 Monkey's, The Matrix and 28 Days Later). If dystopia is really just a satire of the present, what does the film adaptation of The Road tell us about the our times?
posted by MrMerlot at 5:22 PM PST - 74 comments

Ee-ee! Ee-ee! (Something slimy for you, my slimy darling.)

Some dolphins are easy and some are murderous rapists, but all of them are into the nookie. Amazon River Dolphins are the casanovas of the cetacean order, practised in selecting the finest mud glops or algae for that special cow.
posted by Ambrosia Voyeur at 5:11 PM PST - 14 comments

Christmas Presents for New Orleans

Bulldozers for the Poor: despite being the brainchild of the chief of police, tent city, home to approximately 500 of the city's roughly 12,000 homeless, is slated to be disbanded to make room for state office buildings and a national jazz park. this comes at the same time hud is readying to demolish four housing projects, where many of the tent city residents hoped to return. meanwhile, residents of one of the swankiest neighborhoods in town are successfully protesting and receiving tax breaks.
posted by msconduct at 3:42 PM PST - 29 comments

Big man with a big heart does his part

Mark Wallinger has won the Turner Prize for 'State Britain' his recreation of Brian Haw's Parliament Square peace protest. [more inside]
posted by fearfulsymmetry at 3:26 PM PST - 12 comments

The Love Song of Dennis J. Kucinich

Their days are filled with these sorts of moments, as when they go out for Chinese food and the fortune in Dennis's cookie tells him he has "integrity and consistency." ("Isn't that amazing?" Elizabeth says.) And then they turn the fortune over, and Dennis's Chinese word is "hat," and amazingly, Elizabeth just bought a hat before lunch.
The Love Song of Dennis J. Kucinich
posted by Kattullus at 1:57 PM PST - 78 comments

Gregory Blackstock

Autistic retired pot-washer Gregory Blackstock creates striking artworks of everyday items. Short YouTube interview here. If you're in Seattle, you can see him tonight at the opening of his exhibition at the Garde Rail Gallery.
posted by Armitage Shanks at 1:07 PM PST - 11 comments

Top 10 online point and click games.

Top ten point and click games based on graphics, difficulty level and overall enjoyable gaming experience. (via)
posted by Ufez Jones at 12:39 PM PST - 15 comments

the way of the ninja

N, that dangerously addictive and simple flash game (previously # # #) is very close to being available on X-box live[IGN] and soon, on the PSP and Nintendo DS. More news about N and their next project, robotology can be found on their blog. [more inside]
posted by nihlton at 12:14 PM PST - 54 comments

Not your mama's Tupperware parties

Meetup Alliance -, the social networking site, probably best known for becoming a driving factor in Howard Dean's presidential campaign, has created the Meetup Alliance offshoot site, which allows local groups (whether organized through other networking sites or just locally) to link up and create global "alliances."
posted by adamms222 at 11:40 AM PST - 3 comments

"My humble efforts to assist in the elucidation of the social condition of a distant and comparatively unknown race."

Sketches of Japanese Manners and Customs (1867).
posted by goodnewsfortheinsane at 11:34 AM PST - 11 comments

Homeland Security for Sale

Heckuva Job DHS! 5 Years of Corporate Cronyism. CREW and Brave New Foundation have joined forces to create this video and a report, Homeland Security for Sale, documenting five years of waste, fraud and abuse at the Department of Homeland Security. [Via Think Progress.]
posted by homunculus at 11:31 AM PST - 28 comments

I got a letter from the government the other day, I opened and read it, it said they were suckers

Black Steel In The Hour Of Chaos
posted by Artw at 10:45 AM PST - 71 comments

Landlord tenant law in every US state

Links to the landlord-tenant law of every state in the US from Consumerist. [more inside]
posted by dersins at 9:40 AM PST - 21 comments

A Geek for Every Season

What variety of Geek are you? You can probably find yourself on The 56 Geeks Poster. Via
posted by bove at 9:24 AM PST - 90 comments

When "Being Green" takes on a different meaning

I'd heard before about green blood and green urine, but now- green sweat? I know the whole world is going greener these days, but really!
posted by janetplanet at 8:53 AM PST - 17 comments

Flying with the green fairy

Meet St. George Absinthe Verte, "the first American-made absinthe on the market in almost a century." Since Absinthe was legalized earlier this year, various brewers have moved into the market--but is is really the same thujone-enhanced drink that drove many-an-artist to madness?
posted by dead_ at 8:44 AM PST - 65 comments

The Patent Troll And The Anonymous Blogger

"$5,000 to anyone that can provide information that leads me to the identity of Troll Tracker" is the offer from Ray Niro of Chicago plaintiffs firm Niro, Scavone, Haller & Niro. Niro doesn't like to be called a "troll," but Troll Tracker started referring to Niro that way. So Niro pulled out an old weapon. He e-mailed the blogger, informing him that he may be infringing on patent number 5,253,341.
posted by three blind mice at 8:26 AM PST - 17 comments

Broadway Deconstructed

Musical fans, meet Seth Rudetsky. Watch him (YT links) deconstruct "Turkey Lurkey" and Barbra Streisand or accompany Raul Esparza on "Defying Gravity." Learn from his Broadway 101 parts 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6a and 6b.
posted by adrober at 8:13 AM PST - 5 comments

Shoot First, No Questions Asked?

"I've got a shotgun. Do you want me to stop 'em?" On November 14, 61-year old Joe Horn saw two men breaking into his neighbor's home. He called 911, told the operator what he could see through his window. As Horn watched the men, he grew more and more agitated, saying he was going to go outside and shoot them. When the men left the neighbor's home, Horn went outside and did just that.

Now, Texas gets to argue over the hero or villain status of Joe Horn in the public square (a debate made more volatile by concerns that race was been a factor), while weighing the merits of that state's recent adoption of Castle Doctrine (aka "Stand Your Ground" Law). First adopted by Florida in 2005, Castle Doctrine is now law in 19 of 50 states. So what does this mean for Joe Horn? Public accusations of vigilantism aside, what Horn did is arguably legal under Texas law ... or, at least, it would be had he shot the two men after dark.
posted by grabbingsand at 8:04 AM PST - 180 comments

McGee Online

For all your culinary information needs, search through Harold McGee's On Food and Cooking for free online. Also, in a more limited capacity, Larousse Gastronomique.
posted by AceRock at 7:55 AM PST - 17 comments

The Wire Prequels

The Wire Prequels: Young Prop Joe, 1962 ; Young Omar, 1985; Bunk and McNulty first meet, 2000.
posted by kirkaracha at 7:45 AM PST - 52 comments

This link is parked : Got a notice? Give a notice. Contains Galleries for regular asshole parking to super duper asshole parking. Some of these offenses are benign, and indeed some are egregious, but let it be a lesson to you, bad things can happen to your car if you block the hydrant.
posted by psmealey at 7:35 AM PST - 65 comments

Do They Know It's Advent?

Word Magazine's Advent Calendar. The Man in Black in a field of white. Diana + (Flo and Mary) in Santa hats. "Weird Al"'s post-apocalyptic Xmas. Thin Pistols/Sex Lizzy serenade Kenny Everett. Grace Jones uncrated for Pee Wee. And that's just the first five days.
posted by the sobsister at 7:34 AM PST - 5 comments

the moment before you fall in love

Sarasate Plays "Zigeunerweisen". A recording from 1904.
posted by plexi at 7:17 AM PST - 2 comments

This Kids' Blues Band even Impresses BB King

Can three happy kids (15, 13, 9) REALLY play the blues? (and without knowing how to read music). Hell yeah! They placed 2nd (out of 157 bands) at this spring's International Blues Challenge in Memphis. (Featured: CBS Sunday Morning video) Even BB King is impressed. More YouTubery (this has to be a parent's posting page) - not the place for high fidelity, but you'll get the idea: Harvest Blues Festival performances.
posted by spock at 7:01 AM PST - 7 comments

Al Odah v. U.S. and Boumediene v. Bush

Al Odah v. U.S. and Boumediene v. Bush go before SCOTUS Streaming on C-Span today. The Center for Constitutional Rights (great podcast) will argue before the Supreme Court today:
Immediately after the Supreme Court’s decision in Rasul, The Center for Constitutional Rights and cooperating counsel filed 11 new habeas petitions in the United States District Court for the District of Columbia on behalf of over 70 detainees. These cases eventually became the consolidated cases of Al Odah v. United Statesand Boumediene v. Bush, the leading cases determining the significance of the Supreme Court’s decision in Rasul, the rights of non-citizens to challenge the legality of their detention in an offshore U.S. military base, and the constitutionality of the Military Commissions Act of 2006.
posted by ao4047 at 6:37 AM PST - 29 comments

Dance Craze

Courtesy of Youtube, here are some performances from the 1981 movie Dance Craze: Nite Klub, Too Much Too Young & Concrete Jungle by The Specials; Three Minute Hero & Too Much Pressure by The Selecter; Ranking Full Stop & Mirror in the Bathroom by The (English) Beat; The Prince & Swan Lake by Madness; (Lets do the) Rock Steady & 007 (Shanty Town) by The Bodysnatchers and; Nee-Nee-Na-Na-Na-Nu & Lip Up Fatty by Bad Manners. [more inside]
posted by misteraitch at 6:25 AM PST - 22 comments

Renato Carosone, pride of Napoli.

This is just too charming and endearingly goofy to miss: Renato Carosone's Tu Vuo' Fa' L'Americano (You're Acting All American). See also: O Sarracino, Torero and Maruzella.
posted by flapjax at midnite at 4:30 AM PST - 18 comments

Hunting Rebel Gold

A man seeking Confederate gold and his own family's hidden history uncovers a cryptic trail that may stretch back to a secret society and Jesse James.
posted by stupidsexyFlanders at 2:35 AM PST - 12 comments

Tis the season for stuff. cannot run a linear system on a finite planet indefinitely. The story of stuff.
posted by allkindsoftime at 2:19 AM PST - 61 comments

Terry's Chop Shop

Terry's Chop Shop. "Ever since I was a boy I have had a burning desire to chop."
posted by Soup at 1:29 AM PST - 14 comments

December 4

The Bone Trade

For 200 years, the city has been the center of a shadowy network of bone traders who snatch up skeletons in order to sell them to universities and hospitals abroad. In colonial times, British doctors hired thieves to dig up bodies from Indian cemeteries. Despite changes in laws, a similar process is going strong today. (More on the unsettling subject of the human bone trade from the author of the first link, and his Wired article too. And Photos.) Via the excellent Sepia Mutiny.
posted by serazin at 10:49 PM PST - 15 comments

The tiny pieces are under the sofa cushions

MeFi™ Lego Set #67169 : The Animated Music Video [more inside]
posted by not_on_display at 10:09 PM PST - 9 comments

Won't You Blog About This Song? Sure!

"Here Comes Another Bubble" a very 2.0-savvy song parody with a 'catch all the in-jokes' video. [more inside]
posted by wendell at 10:01 PM PST - 19 comments


Ever wondered if and where a specific set of numbers could be found in pi? Maybe you'd like to know where your birthday is? Or maybe just something funny. [prev. here, here] [more inside]
posted by TimeTravelSpeed at 7:20 PM PST - 67 comments

French language ephemera and visual miscellany blog

Agence Eureka is a French language image-blog with hundreds or even thousands of scanned illustrations, mostly from mid-20th century French schoolbooks, educational material, magazines, and ephemera. The current front page is slightly NSFW. Some of the categories include anatomy 1 & 2 (mildly NSFW); chocolate wrappers/trading cards; bricolage; decoupage (cut-outs); math education; playing cards; books and magazines; cars; cinema; orientalisme; sport; mild pin-ups; and many others (scroll all the way down the right to see the tags). [more inside]
posted by Rumple at 6:53 PM PST - 12 comments

Tomb of tomes

An obscure 1911 British law requires a copy of every published book, journal, newspaper, patent, sound recording, magazine etc.. to be permanently archived in at least one of five libraries around the country. The British Library has the most complete collection and is currently adding about 12.5km of new shelf space a year of mostly unheard of and unwanted stuff. A new state-of-the-art warehouse is being constructed with 262 linear kilometers of high-density, fully automated storage in a low-oxygen temperature controlled environment. It is not a library, it is a warehouse for "things that no one wants." BLDG Blog ponders on what it all means.
posted by stbalbach at 6:36 PM PST - 60 comments

the blob invades prague!

The proposed new home of the National Library of the Czech Republic. The old one looks like this. The new one ... well ... is it an octopus? What the hell is this thing?
posted by pyramid termite at 6:35 PM PST - 42 comments

Amazing discoveries in plain-text Tor exit traffic.

This is an ironic tale of the consequences of inept application of cryptographic tools. Or is it? Dan Egerstad, a Swedish hacker, gained access to hundreds of computer network accounts around the world, belonging to various embassies, corporations and other organizations. How did he do it? Very easily: by sniffing exit traffic on his Tor nodes. [more inside]
posted by Anything at 6:04 PM PST - 26 comments

Freaky Flicks

Freaky Flicks is a p2p community with a radical mascot that collects arthouse and cult cinema.

Browse the selection on The Pirate Bay or look at their list of Red Letter Directors.

The FF Forum is pretty good for recommendations and links to non-p2p and legal online video.
posted by sushiwiththejury at 5:27 PM PST - 20 comments

Post a joke, go directly to jail

Post a controversial comment, get arrested. "Some were disturbed by the post police say James Buss left on a conservative blog, but other observers said it was a sarcastic attempt to discredit critics of education spending."
posted by mathowie at 4:03 PM PST - 117 comments

Maestro Twang

The Maestro FZ-1 Fuzztone was one of the first stomp boxes a guitar player could use. Released in 1962 by Gibson, sales didn't take off until a British band used it in the introduction to one of their songs in 1965. But if it weren't for a Marty Robbins song and engineer Glen Snoddy, the pedal might have never been invented and country music wouldn't have been the same. [more inside]
posted by sleepy pete at 3:30 PM PST - 29 comments

Football's Ironman. (Sorry, Cal.)

Through alcohol and vicodin addicition, trauma, grief, and loss, Brett Favre has thrown the ball for the largest muncipally-owned professional sports team in the United States. After reinventing himself several times over, and leading his team to an improbable string of wins and accomplishments a year after almost retiring, he is Sport's Illustrated's sportsman of the year.
posted by absalom at 2:50 PM PST - 64 comments

Antonio de Felipe, Spanish pop artist

Antonio de Felipe is a Spanish pop artist whose work is heavily influenced by pop culture, Hollywood, classic art and movies, animation, advertising, and simply growing up in Spain. Among the actresses he frequently depicts are Audrey Hepburn (as well as melding different sources) and Marilyn Monroe. He has also recreated some international masterpieces in pop art form. Some may be familiar with his work from the art he created for Pedro Almodóvar's film Live Flesh. Altogether, his work transcends national boundaries while still maintaining a distinct Spanish flavor. [more inside]
posted by cmgonzalez at 1:39 PM PST - 7 comments

The Saint Nicholas Center: Discovering the truth about Santa Claus

Learn all about Sinterklaas, find out if Santa and Saint Nick the same person, and so much more!
posted by goml at 1:37 PM PST - 19 comments

One day you're here, but the next day you're gone.

Pimp C , one half of Texas rap group UGK (along with Bun B) was found dead today in a hotel room in Los Angeles.
posted by hominid211 at 1:23 PM PST - 59 comments

Mizuko Kuyo

Mizuko Kuyo, meaning "water-child memorial service" is a memorial service held by or for those who have experienced a miscarriage, stillbirth or abortion, and has become widespread in Japan since the 1970's. (Wikipedia definition). Peggy Orenstein relates her experience with miscarriage and this ritual in Mourning My Miscarriage - In Japan, I Find a Culture Willing to Acknowledge My Loss. [more inside]
posted by agregoli at 12:51 PM PST - 28 comments

Chip Reese Cashes Out

Poker legend Chip Reese dead at 56.
posted by landis at 11:37 AM PST - 30 comments

In the future, we're still all raging dirtbags.

Bruce Bueno de Mesquita uses rational choice theory to predict the future.
posted by anotherpanacea at 10:27 AM PST - 55 comments

The Boy in the Moon

The Boy in the Moon: Ian Brown writes about the living with his son Walker, who was born with a rare and serious genetic disorder called Cardiofaciocutaneous syndrome, or CFC. The first part of a three-part feature is available, and includes pictures and video.
posted by atayah at 10:19 AM PST - 15 comments

This is serious-- we can make you delirious

Retrostatic is a treasure trove of 80's (and 90's) TV commercials--from PSAs of singing pills to the Post cereal Create-A-Villain contest (and so much more). Also, cartoons, with descriptions and opening sequences of everything from Alf Tales to Thundercats.
posted by dersins at 9:17 AM PST - 50 comments


Afrigator. An Africa Aggregator.
posted by chunking express at 8:09 AM PST - 42 comments

A mouthful of bytecode

Bytecode-based virtual machines are the Next Big Thing in programming. You can run Lisp, Ruby, Python, OCaml, and yes even COBOL on the JVM. Or if you prefer your languages to be a bit more melodic there's J#, A#, P# and F#. Even C/C++ has a bytecode compiler now. That's not to mention languages that have their own VMs like Erlang or that are writing their own like Parrot or PyPy. [more inside]
posted by Skorgu at 7:57 AM PST - 61 comments

Splinter your sides with laughter

The Plank, classic British comedy (Youtubed: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5) [more inside]
posted by fearfulsymmetry at 7:52 AM PST - 8 comments

Joseph Conrad reviewed

On the occasion of the 150th anniversary since the birth of Joseph Conrad [Heart of Darkness, Lord Jim etc], The Guardian's Giles Foden makes a fair attempt at assessing the great novelist's legacy. [via]
posted by peacay at 6:59 AM PST - 14 comments

Squaring the square

Nowhere-neat tilings are actually pretty neat. We all know you can't "square the circle", but do you know the story of squaring the square? (And by the way, even if you can't construct π with a ruler and compass, you can come awfully close without too much work.)
posted by Wolfdog at 4:41 AM PST - 10 comments

Somebody get me a 15-year old to explain these.

PISA results are in. Finland and Canada high five and make awkward polite bows and gestures towards The Far East. For education policy Programme for International Student Assessment is the research about how 15-year old students are being educated. Briefings for UK and US. Results escape easy answers, but you might test your theory against interactive data tool. [more inside]
posted by Free word order! at 4:39 AM PST - 47 comments


Osocio is a blog that covers some of the best social marketing and non-profit advertising worldwide - whether it be through a careers fair, a "beauty" ad, or even through sex education.
posted by divabat at 1:57 AM PST - 9 comments

December 3


Coloring is fun! Engage kids and get your message across with soothing, simple style!

Print these .pdfs for the little ones in your life to color. Together, learn a little grown-up wisdom about Being a Witness in Federal Court, Disaster Preparedness, Food Safety with Thermy™, Why Elephants Cry, Biomedical Research with the Lucky Puppy, or how the United Nations is a very bad organization made up of foreign countries who do not want you to be free, with Brasco!
posted by Ambrosia Voyeur at 9:34 PM PST - 42 comments

Blackwater: Our Stories

The Blackwater USA weblog. A blogger sets up a blog for Blackwater so they can enter the conversation about their operations in Iraq.
posted by salishsea at 9:33 PM PST - 35 comments

Frank Zappa smiles from heaven

Transgendered women in lingerie made from taxidermied rats. NSFW unless John Waters is your boss.Via Ectomo, natch.
posted by chinese_fashion at 9:31 PM PST - 54 comments

oodles of... whatever that thing is.

The Foodle! Bassetoodle! A Chi-Poo and a Pomapoo!! Poogles, Doxiepoos, and Miniature Labradoodles! (oodles more here)
posted by Pants! at 7:34 PM PST - 50 comments

Spherical Storytelling

Immersive and panoramic full motion video. [more inside]
posted by Dave Faris at 6:16 PM PST - 25 comments

She without arm, he without leg - ballet - Hand in Hand

Simply amazing dance duo. Hand in Hand - Performed by Ma Li (馬麗) and Zhai Xiaowei (翟孝偉). via MonkeyFilter
posted by HuronBob at 5:58 PM PST - 21 comments

The Dark Edge of the North

Carta Marina - From 1518 to 1519, Olaus Magnus made a journey across Sweden. On his journey, he encountered fish the size of elephants, sea serpents, demons and a tribe of pygmies.
posted by tellurian at 5:48 PM PST - 12 comments

Chimpanzee Memory

Working memory of numerals in chimpanzees. Are you smarter than a chimpanzee?
posted by homunculus at 5:29 PM PST - 41 comments

Face Your Pockets

Face Your Pockets. "Our goal is to not only bring all these objects into light but show the owner of them. During the scanning process it is recommended not to open your eyes."
posted by Soup at 5:12 PM PST - 20 comments

And you thought Guitar Hero was cool...

With the wild success of the Guitar Hero series, using video game controllers shaped like guitars is nothing new. However, the duo at Modal Kombat actually use guitars as video game controllers. They won't reveal all of their tricks, but you can read a bit about their technology here and at this interview with Urban Guitar. The results are awfully impressive. View the original Modal Kombat here, and their newest installment, the admittedly trippy GuitarKart here. via
posted by Ufez Jones at 4:51 PM PST - 5 comments

Radio to the People

The Prometheus Radio Project focuses on building a large community of low power FM stations and listeners. Co-founder Pete Tridish (interview) and Prometheus won a major victory recently as the FCC Moved to Protect Low-Power FM Stations. Check out a couple short films about Prometheus "barn raisings," or launching small community radio stations in Woodburn, Or, Nashville, TN and (especially fascinating) Arusha, Tanzania.
posted by The Straightener at 4:41 PM PST - 26 comments

R.I.P. gigantic tree.

The Klootchy Creek Giant was the tallest sitka spruce in America (although some disagree), and a popular stop for those traveling out to the Oregon coast. Last year it was harmed in a storm, and on Sunday it finally snapped in half.
posted by haplesschild at 4:39 PM PST - 24 comments

Lightly smooshed will get you lightly tased.

"What do you think of that, Santa?" Yet another case of student 'art projects' out of control . . . other incredible violations of mall-Santa lap etiquette:1, 2, 3, and no doubt the most flagrant example, 4. Be careful out there.
posted by huckhound at 4:33 PM PST - 32 comments

Conservative Cartoon All-Stars To The Rescue!

Cartoon All-Stars to the Rescue was an animated drug prevention television special starring many popular cartoon characters from American Saturday morning television. Airing in 1990 and financed by McDonald's, it was simulcast on all three major American television networks. The VHS home video edition of the special also opened with an introduction from then-President George Bush Snr and Barbara Bush. And thanks to the wonders of the interwebs, you can watch the whole thing here. And you really should. After all, where else are you going to get to hear cartoon characters like Garfield and Winnie the Pooh talking about smoking crack and shooting juice? [more inside]
posted by Effigy2000 at 3:16 PM PST - 46 comments

A Big Cheese for a Big Cheese

The Mammoth Cheese of Cheshire was the most unusual gift ever given to a President of the United States. In the aftermath of the "Revolution of 1800", the eccentric Baptist preacher John Leland decided to celebrate the presidency of Thomas Jefferson by convincing the predominantly Baptist farmers of Cheshire, Massachusetts to create a giant 1,235-pound block of cheese as a monument to small-"r" republicanism and religious freedom. [more inside]
posted by jonp72 at 1:39 PM PST - 29 comments

James Barber, 1923-2007

The Urban Peastant dies at 84. I don't know if the show ever got any play in the U.S. but here in Canada I learned to cook as a student from James Barber's show, The Urban Peasant, and from his books. They remain some of my all time favorites. [more inside]
posted by Bovine Love at 12:43 PM PST - 37 comments

Yeti footprints found near Everest

Yeti footprints found near Everest by Joshua Gates (SciFi Channel TV presenter) and his nine-member paranormal investigation team. They discovered three anthropomorphic prints on the bank of Manju near Mt. Everest, after spending one week in the Khumbu region. Stopping short of declaring a belief in the Yeti, Gates doubts the prints were man-made or that they came from a known creature. (See also: AP/Yahoo , IMDB,, Fortean Times Message Forum, SciFi Channel Destination Truth forum)
posted by christopherious at 12:34 PM PST - 120 comments

Get off my lawn photograph!

Kitchen Budapest is a collective that is aiming to render photographs on land through robotic grass cutting. The project is called Landprint. [more inside]
posted by cashman at 11:43 AM PST - 9 comments

Life imitates soap opera

John Darwin disappeared while canoeing of the coast of North Yorkshire in 2002. He was presumed dead, until he walked into a police station on Saturday with no memory of where he has been for 5 and a half years. [more inside]
posted by roofus at 11:34 AM PST - 38 comments

From Poker to Preachers

Learn how the most opulent casino in the North American hemisphere, complete with guard turrets and escape tunnels, became a Baptist College in 1956. [more inside]
posted by punkfloyd at 11:24 AM PST - 13 comments

Howling Mob Society

The Howling Mob Society. Looking out over the burning Strip District from the safety of his office in Pittsburgh's Union Station, Thomas Alexander Scott must have been humbled. Only days before, as president of the Pennsylvania Railroad, Scott famously suggested that impoverished and striking railroad workers be given “a rifle diet for a few days and see how they like that kind of bread.” Now, with the local Pittsburgh militia all but mutinied and the State Militia rapidly retreating, he must have wondered if his hard-line stance had backfired… [more inside]
posted by damnthesehumanhands at 10:41 AM PST - 9 comments

Dakota, the Last Dinosaur

Scientists find a 'mummified' Hadrosaur in North Dakota "He looks like a blow-up dinosaur in some parts," said Phillip Manning, a paleontologist at the University of Manchester in England who is leading the inquiry. "When you actually look at the detail of the skin, the scales themselves are three dimensional. . . . The arm is breathtaking. It's a three-dimensional arm, you can shake the dinosaur by the hand. It just defies logic that such a remarkable specimen could preserve." [more inside]
posted by Uther Bentrazor at 9:54 AM PST - 52 comments

" It is my goal to have the most complete collection of gaping animal maws that anyone can have"

Gaping Maws is a collection of photos of animals with their mouths wide open. Like this.
posted by hydrophonic at 9:26 AM PST - 38 comments

Consider the pixies....

Williams syndrome is a rare genetic disorder characterized by distinctively "elfin" facial features, an uncanny ability to socialize with strangers, and, often, enhanced musical abilities.
posted by dersins at 9:11 AM PST - 70 comments

Best of Web... or so it claims

Best Web Gallery is an inspirational gallery site where we collect a wide range of quality design websites (Flash & CSS). What is quality design means to us? Quality Design = Visual + Technical + Creativity. Also, Best of CSS design for 2007.
posted by psmealey at 8:20 AM PST - 14 comments

Happy Birthday Big Yin!

Billy At 65: I owe it all to Glasgow. But Glasgow and Scots in general owe Billy Connolly for all the laughs at our own expense...Tourism, Economy, Music, Religion, Sport, Social life, Education, Language, Cuisine, History, Transport and Sex. (Rampant YouTubery: All links potentially offensive and NSFW) [more inside]
posted by brautigan at 6:52 AM PST - 26 comments

Alice in Civil War Land

John Tenniel and the American Civil War. Best known for his illustrations for Alice in Wonderland, John Tenniel also produced political cartoons for the British magazine Punch. This sites collects 54 of Tenniel's cartoons dealing with the American Civil War. In addition to the cartoons themselves, the site gives an explanation of the symbols and props in each cartoon and places them context with then-current events and issues. [more inside]
posted by marxchivist at 5:51 AM PST - 24 comments

Who Wants to Marry a U.S. Citizen?

Still no takers? But it's a proven success.
posted by gman at 5:02 AM PST - 10 comments

Gathering mountains

Docu-Images of China and Tibet. Thomas H. Hahn is a Cornell professor and an excellent photographer. Themed collections include Chinese modern art, urbanisation and architecture, sacred mountains, religion, and historical photographs.
posted by Abiezer at 1:04 AM PST - 5 comments

Bejeweled beauties

Form and Pheromone - truly lovely beetle mosaics and insect art. (via recogedor) Previously: Living Jewels.
posted by madamjujujive at 12:40 AM PST - 20 comments

6A sells LJ to SUP

Six Apart Announces New Home for LiveJournal: Russia
posted by finite at 12:20 AM PST - 83 comments

December 2

Music and Muppets

The Muppet Show featuring performances: by Johnny Cash (and two more), Steve Martin on banjo, Elton John (and two more), Alice Cooper (also some skits), Debbie Harry (and another), Liza Manelli singing Copa Cabana, REM, Dizzy Gillespie, Buddy Rich vs. Animal, Rita Moreno vs. Animal, Harry Belafonte (vs. Animal), Julie Andrews and more, Mac Davis, Nureyev singing and tap dancing,Sandy Duncan, John Denver, Paul Simon (on lute!), and a somewhat freaky version of The Gambler. [more inside]
posted by blahblahblah at 11:56 PM PST - 46 comments

Cephalopods Galore

Like squid? What about the good ol' octopus? The cuttlefish and nautilus? If you answered yes to these questions Dr. James B. Wood's Cephalopod Page is your go-to site, with information on and pictures of 25+ species of cephalopods including the aptly named (I'm sure) vampire squid from hell. The site also hosts many articles. Not sure where you stand on the coolness of cephalopods? Why don't you start by watching this video of an octopus squeezing through a one inch hole (previously on MetaFilter).
posted by Kattullus at 11:18 PM PST - 25 comments

Silent Film

Enjoy some silent film this week: Battleship Potemkin. The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari. The General. The Immigrant. Haxan. Intolerance (1, 2, 3). Nosferatu.
posted by TrialByMedia at 8:33 PM PST - 27 comments

The 100 best mystery novels of all time

The 100 best mystery novels of all time. Here they are, with links... [more inside]
posted by jbickers at 8:16 PM PST - 107 comments

mermaid and prince, simultaneously

Part of your world, the Little Mermaid's song, sung amazingly by a man. [more inside]
posted by nickyskye at 6:25 PM PST - 72 comments

The New Games Journalism

"Mr. Gerstmann, we saw your 6.0 review of Kane & Lynch." After a less than stellar review of Kane & Lynch, 10 year veteran game reviewer Jeff Gerstmann seems to have been fired from his position at Gamespot due to pressure from Eidos, publisher of Kane & Lynch. This also has been confirmed by a freelancer for Gamespot. Reaction has been massive. K&L is now rated 2.0 by users on Gamespot. Many subscribers are cancelling and there's a move to boycott Gamespot advertisers, which seems to be having some effect. [more inside]
posted by ursus_comiter at 6:20 PM PST - 109 comments

Making Machinima Movies

Machinima (muh-shin-eh-mah or ma-shin-i-ma) is a hybrid filmmaking technique where people utilize game engines and environments to create videos. At first, it was little more than screengrabs and screencasts of in-game action, but it has now grown to include sophisticated storylines independent of game action. Shows and entire series have been made from The Sims, Halo, The Movies, Quake, Half-Life, Unreal Tournament and Second Life to name just a few. Actually, some Team Fortress 2 machinima was recently mentioned (October 9th). Over the years, there have been some really amazing productions, such as the now legendary 100-episode Red vs Blue series (also previously mentioned) which was created with Halo 2. A lot of machinima can be found and viewed for free on The Internet Archive also maintains a machinima section. The recently-released BloodSpell, a "punk fantasy" from Strange Company, is believed to be the first feature-length movie released using the Neverwinter Nights game engine. (watch online free, free divx download - 847 MB, free quicktime download - 903 MB). Two of the people behind BloodSpell, Hugh Hancock and Johnnie Ingram have co-written the just-published "Machinima for Dummies". [more inside]
posted by TrinityB5 at 5:26 PM PST - 31 comments

Excavation Ballet

       Pretty Big Dig
A dance film by Anne Troake that gently illustrates the assimilation of technology. QT video [more inside]
posted by carsonb at 5:01 PM PST - 8 comments

1898 baseball cursing policy, amply illustrated

"In terms of language, it is also the most offensive official Major League baseball document that we have ever seen." An auction house obtains a one page letter sent to baseball players in 1898, outlining the league's new anti-cursing policy. Includes lots of examples of the kind of language that is not allowed. Nervous auctioneers not sure how to exhibit it. Purely of historical interest, naturally. [more inside]
posted by LobsterMitten at 4:17 PM PST - 85 comments


MOO! The latest brain-spillage from Cyriak. [Embedded QuickTime.] [more inside]
posted by homunculus at 2:27 PM PST - 20 comments

Food Pairing

How to pair foods, if you've ever wondered whether oysters go with chocolate but didn't want to end up with an expensive mess
posted by sim.possible at 2:24 PM PST - 55 comments


Gar are a carnivorous fish found in North and Central America and some parts of the Caribbean. The fish is closely related to its Jurassic ancestors, can live for twenty years, grow to be as big as ten feet or more, and live practically anywhere, breathing through their gills or assisted by their air bladders. Gar are considered a "trash" fish, but people have been catching (or not), cooking, and eating gar for centuries (use the whole fish!). Despite, or perhaps because of, their rows scary teeth, they make great pets.
posted by Pants! at 2:21 PM PST - 17 comments

Mr Paxman at the Cafe Royal

"You haven't seen true competition until you've watched editors of broadsheet newspapers, distinguished novelists and the controller of Radio 4 locked in furious argument about which was Frederick the Great's favourite musical instrument and what was the name of Jade Goody's range of perfumes." Jeremy Paxman, host of BBC's Newsnight, reviews the events of his week.
posted by parmanparman at 1:57 PM PST - 4 comments

Choices, constraints, and the 'mommy track.'

Insightful, sociological, bitter: A scholar reflects back on her entry into the academic 'mommy track.' An interesting blend of meditation-on-resentment and just-plain-resentment, worth a read both intentionally and un-. [via] [more inside]
posted by waxbanks at 1:34 PM PST - 69 comments

One Cold Hand

One Cold Hand seeks to reunite lost gloves with their owners.
posted by exogenous at 12:57 PM PST - 8 comments

Not in the turning into a cockroach type way

Independent Filmaking: Kafkaesque Nightmare? Tom DiCillo's new film Delirious stars Steve Buscemi, is currently rated at 85% at Rotten Tomatoes, and yet, it only made $200,000. DiCillo asks Roger Ebert why.
posted by zabuni at 12:20 PM PST - 44 comments

Move Over, Electronic Arts!

What happens when Vivendi buys a $9.8 Billion dollar stake in Activision? You get the largest pure-play online and console game publisher in the world.
posted by Fuzzy Monster at 11:01 AM PST - 32 comments

Footprints in the Collective Unconscious?

Footprints in the Collective Unconscious? Brooklyn writer Rachel Aviv presents an interesting summary of the disputed 'facts' behind who it was exactly that God inspired to write those ubiquitous religious-themed and -memed "Footprints in the Sand" poem(s). [more inside]
posted by NetizenKen at 10:11 AM PST - 35 comments

Fade to black

"One Paramount veteran compared the studio's vault to a teenager's chaotic bedroom. In fact, a visitor accidentally stepped on the negative of "Rosemary's Baby," which was unspooled on the floor." [more inside]
posted by Horace Rumpole at 9:25 AM PST - 51 comments

Boy Howdy, what a mess

You'd think news of a Creem Magazine retrospective book would be greeted with cries of glee. You'd be wrong. Occasional staff shutterbug Bob Matheu licensed rights to use the name of the beloved, iconoclastic Detroit rock zine years after it ceased to be relevant, but despite occasional "Creem is back" announcements, only produced a website. [more inside]
posted by Scram at 8:12 AM PST - 9 comments

Just shoot ... and shake!

Polanoid "We are building the biggest Polaroid-picture-collection of the planet to celebrate the magic of instant photography." {stolen from notcot
posted by dobbs at 7:10 AM PST - 13 comments

Gossip of the Sewing Circle

Gossip of the Sewing Circle Profound cattiness from 1903. Learn to use such snarkily coded terms as embonpoint in everyday conversation. Need to shame a beautiful rival who hasn't produced an heir for her much older husband? Describe her in The Newsaper of Record as owning "an extremely clever parrot." PDF, link from the NYT Archives.
posted by maryh at 3:32 AM PST - 38 comments

Slip Sliding Away

The Mystery of the Sliding Rocks of Racetrack Playa. One of the most interesting mysteries of Death Valley National Park is the sliding rocks at Racetrack Playa (a playa is a dry lake bed). These rocks can be found on the floor of the playa with long trails behind them. Somehow these rocks slide across the playa, cutting a furrow in the sediment as they move. Some of these rocks weigh several hundred pounds. That makes the question: "How do they move?" a very challenging one. [Via]. For more in-depth information, including maps and additional pictures, see Paula Messina's website about the Sliding Rocks.
posted by amyms at 1:46 AM PST - 37 comments


HobbySpace hosts an exhaustive collection of information and links about space-related hobbies, including amateur astronomy, satellite design, and rocketry for both beginners and experts.
posted by Upton O'Good at 12:22 AM PST - 3 comments

December 1

Cut The Knot

Interactive mathematics miscellany and puzzles, including 75 proofs of the Pythagorean Theorem, an interactive column using Java applets, and eye-opening demonstrations. (Actually, much more.)
posted by parudox at 11:52 PM PST - 11 comments

Stuck in a child’s playground

Is Web2.0 a wash for free speech in China? "Lately I've given a few talks around town titled 'Will the Chinese Communist Party Survive the Internet?' My answer - for the short and medium term at least - is 'yes.'"
posted by Abiezer at 11:12 PM PST - 12 comments

Like Tetris, but chain-y

Chain Factor - a disappearing-piece Flash puzzle game that may also cause your time to disappear. I am trying to treat my addiction by passing it onto you.
posted by aaronetc at 8:54 PM PST - 24 comments

Canadian beer responsible for global warming

No wonder why Canada won't meet their Kyoto targets A University of Alberta researcher is calling on Canadian beer drinkers to go green and toss their energy-guzzling beer fridges, found in one of three households across the country.
posted by Coop at 7:29 PM PST - 49 comments

Stompo online

Serious Pest Locators And Terminators (S.P.L.A.T.) are the take-no-prisoners rival pest control company.

Here are some stopmotion animators.
[more inside]
posted by sushiwiththejury at 6:38 PM PST - 3 comments

Friends with God

Comedy: The Bastard Break Up, "Being Gay" Commercial, Pointless Profanity Ep. 2, all by Canadian comedian Jon Lajoie. Total of 17 YouTube videos
posted by growabrain at 6:23 PM PST - 14 comments

See answer key on back.

It's Saturday night. You're here browsing on the internet. Why not do something intellectual for a change? [more inside]
posted by flatluigi at 6:20 PM PST - 27 comments

(It's missing a few) TV Theme Songs

Name That TV Theme Song
Need help? Television Tunes has 3000+ themes available in mp3 format. [more inside]
posted by carsonb at 4:47 PM PST - 22 comments

US to allies: "Suck it, haterz!"

US has right to kidnap any defendant, anywhere, anytime, says it's UK lawyer. Until now it was commonly assumed that US law permitted kidnapping only in the “extraordinary rendition” of terrorist suspects. The American government has for the first time made it clear in a British court that the law applies to anyone, British or otherwise, suspected of a crime by Washington. [more inside]
posted by dash_slot- at 4:46 PM PST - 75 comments

"The War on Terror will be as successful as the War on Drugs."

How America lost the War on Drugs. An article by Ben Wallace-Wells in Rolling Stone.
posted by lupus_yonderboy at 4:26 PM PST - 40 comments

To be standing by the flag not feeling shameful, racist or partial.

Morrissey makes some controversial remarks to the NME. Defensive explanations by the interviewer, attempts at defusing the situation and threats of legal action ensue, as does satire.
posted by goodnewsfortheinsane at 4:21 PM PST - 51 comments


For sale: One useless cat.
posted by plexi at 3:07 PM PST - 51 comments

"Poking Facebook"

02138 Magazine is "Poking Facebook" with court documents and Zuckerberg's potentially embarrassing online journal (pdf). Facebook responds.
posted by Soup at 2:52 PM PST - 38 comments

Stop abuse...

Bears is a series of portraits by Kent Rogowski showing teddy bears that have been turned inside out and restuffed. There are more images here. Is it any wonder that stuffed animal abuse is a serious problem in more than two countries?
posted by Krrrlson at 2:25 PM PST - 22 comments

Needs More Evil

E-How to be an evil villain, The Ultimate Evil Villain Role Model, Top Reasons to Become a Supervillain, Vote Evil, Supver Villain Ethics, and Forbes Management Secrets of the Super Villains. [more inside]
posted by Octoparrot at 2:15 PM PST - 12 comments

Talkin' World War III

Can we have a little talk about World War III?
posted by homunculus at 2:10 PM PST - 38 comments

Amnesty International ad campaign against FGM

Amnesty International has a powerful new visual ad campaign against Female Genital Mutilation. Close-ups (SFW) of the ads in question are here and here. [more inside]
posted by Rumple at 1:07 PM PST - 54 comments

Read it or hear it? Say it or type it?

Enter text, get an mp3. Make a call, get a text. Talk into your phone, send a text.
posted by desjardins at 12:43 PM PST - 14 comments

Is this a +2 dagger I see before me?

Arden: The World of William Shakespeare is a Neverwinter Nights mod created by the Synthetic Worlds Initiative at Indiana University. You can play it, but it's kinda boring.
posted by BitterOldPunk at 12:43 PM PST - 9 comments

I'll take "Famous Driveways" for 100, Alex.

If you remember this scene, then this will be sad news. It's always sad to lose trees, but these are landmarks.
posted by tizzie at 7:42 AM PST - 22 comments

how to make a bacon loincloth

Salami Fighting Association - "Because food does not only give life, it can also kill." via Buzz [more inside]
posted by madamjujujive at 7:29 AM PST - 18 comments

A great Leporid-American gets his due

Bugs Bunny, greatest banned baseball player ever. A close analysis of recently rediscovered historical footage makes it clear that the little-known Bugs Bunny would have been one of history's greatest baseball players, had MLB's notorious speciesism not prevented him from competing. [more inside]
posted by Horace Rumpole at 5:45 AM PST - 20 comments

Train Runs Through Market

Train runs through bangkok market. (via)
posted by phrontist at 5:43 AM PST - 35 comments

Get a Glow on Tonight

Earlier this week this story about illegal uranium sales was in the news. Had they been thinking they could have ordered online here and here. BTW, check out what else customers are buying.
posted by Xurando at 4:47 AM PST - 28 comments

The Fossil Finders

Dinosaurs preach Young Earth creationism. "The Fossil Finders are a group of eight homeschooled children on a search for the [Biblical] truth on fossils." (This shorter excerpt cuts to the main argument, involving the discovery of flexible T. Rex tissue. Scientists remain interested in the find.) The video was produced by World's Biggest Dinosaurs, the people who now own the roadside landmark, Cabazon Dinosaurs -- and have turned it into a creation museum. [Previously]
posted by McLir at 1:04 AM PST - 37 comments

"A single person can profoundly touch the lives of so many people."

"Dear Miss Breed..." the letters begin. Clara Estelle Breed was the children's librarian at the San Diego Public Library from 1929 to 1945. When her young Japanese American patrons and their families were forced into relocation camps after the bombing of Pearl Harbor in 1942, Miss Breed became their penpal and their lifeline, sending them books and supplies, assisting with various requests, and "serving as a reminder of the possibility for decency and justice in a troubled world." [more inside]
posted by amyms at 1:03 AM PST - 10 comments