January 5, 2008

The Lunatic Fringe

Before Ron Paul, there was Lyndon LaRouche. More a cult than a political party nowadays, the Larouche organization still somehow manages to draw in enough lost souls to keep the party limping along. He's been scary and discredited for longer than most of his followers have been alive, but the beat goes on.
posted by freshwater_pr0n at 9:54 PM PST - 118 comments

Billy the Kid

Meet Billy the kid, an outsider growing up in small-town Maine.
posted by JPowers at 9:30 PM PST - 18 comments

Japanese Bug Fights

Rule No. 1: Two bugs to a fight. Rule No. 2: Bug fights go on as long as they have to. Rule No. 3: No outside weapons in bug fights.
posted by Cool Papa Bell at 9:19 PM PST - 185 comments

It has been a Subprime year

“Subprime” voted 2007 word of the year by the American Dialect Society. Disagree? You had your chance to submit your own nominees, thanks to mo nickels on MeFi Projects. Pre vi ous ly [more inside]
posted by wendell at 6:47 PM PST - 20 comments

Itsy Bitys Zesty Systy: The Wifi Touch-screen 3G 20GB Asus Eee PC (now with Leopard)

What's better than a wifi-equipped Asus Eee sub-notebook PC with touchscreen? Simple. An Asus Eee sub-notebook PC with touchscreen and 3G HSDPA modem. Still want more? How about an upgrade of on-board storage — from 4 gigabytes to 20gb? And if you're planning on overwriting the Eee's Xandros/pre-installed Linux distribution in the first place (in order to install a non open-source platform) you may want to consider making a complete switch-over and being the first on your block with a (legally iffy) sub-notebook running Macintosh. Previously: 1, 2, 3.
posted by humannaire at 1:30 PM PST - 74 comments

The Death of High Fidelity

The Death of High Fidelity
posted by chunking express at 1:17 PM PST - 97 comments


Scotch mist. An hour long film with Radiohead in it made for New Year's Eve, 2007. Features every song on their album In Rainbows.
posted by plexi at 1:12 PM PST - 26 comments

Most people have never heard of Metafilter, will not see this link, and those who do will forget it soon

The Ephemera Society was glancingly mentioned prior, but deserves a better mention. It includes:
An exhibit, an article, and links to Michael Ragsdale's 9/11 ephemera.
A history of Coca-cola print ephemera.
An article by Will Shortz on the ephemeral history of the crossword.
Articles from the Louisiana Library Association's journal issue on ephemera, including Principles for Organizing an Ephemera Collection and an Overview of Political Ephemera.
posted by klangklangston at 1:02 PM PST - 11 comments

Curvy = smart

Do you have an hourglass figure? Then you may be smart. (CNN video)
posted by dov3 at 12:39 PM PST - 48 comments

Robot Baseball

This is a video of a robot playing baseball.
posted by jason's_planet at 11:35 AM PST - 37 comments

The death of an icon for Islam in Senegal

Serigne Saliou (article in French) Mbacké, the leader of the Mourides (academic link), a prominent Islamic brotherhood in Senegal (and Harlem, NY , died a week ago today. Arguably the most influential person in Senegal, he had been the the last living son of the Mouride founder Chiekh Amadou Bamba. Thousands of peoplehave traveled Touba, the Mouride capital, to pay their respects. [more inside]
posted by fizzix at 10:00 AM PST - 8 comments

Celia Cruz

A sizzling singer in crinolines and in feathers and sequins. Not just extravagant in her appearance but an extravagant voice, renowned for her joie de vivre, adored by many, known as the Queen of Salsa, Celia Cruz, "indisputably the best known and most influential female figure in the history of Cuban music."
posted by nickyskye at 9:33 AM PST - 11 comments

The Method is for wimps

The return of BIG acting. Daniel Day-Lewis in There Will Be Blood [more inside]
posted by fearfulsymmetry at 9:12 AM PST - 61 comments

meaty matters

Meathouse. Meatpaper. Meatscapes. Meatart 1, 2, 3. Meatdress. Meatshorts. Meat models. More MefiMeat.
posted by madamjujujive at 8:19 AM PST - 34 comments

"Something — something — happens every election.”

“I’m an old computer nerd,” Diener said. “I can do anything with computers. Nothing’s wrong with computers. But this is the worst way to run an election.” NYTMag piece on electronic voting, voter confidence, and the impact of old-fashioned problems like printer jams, befuddled voters and volunteers, and interface design flaws. By Clive Thompson.
posted by Miko at 6:51 AM PST - 46 comments

Cocaine vaccine

Cocaine vaccine in the works [more inside]
posted by selfmedicating at 6:04 AM PST - 44 comments

Seven sex offenders, one house.

There are seven sex offenders living together in this house.
posted by Brandon Blatcher at 5:00 AM PST - 141 comments

Cash rules everything around me

CASH is the Coalition of Artists & Stake Holders, a project conceived and initiated by musician Kristin Hersh. CASH is "read-write" — more than consumption; a collaborative online effort — helping make music ownership more of an interactive affair facilitated through Creative Commons licensing.
posted by Blazecock Pileon at 12:29 AM PST - 9 comments

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