February 22, 2010

Endangered Species Condoms

“Wrap with care, save the polar bear.” Endangered species condoms: exactly what it says on the tin. Use them to prevent human overpopulation and leave some room on the planet for everything else!
posted by spitefulcrow at 10:37 PM PST - 45 comments

The Grand Orbital Table

BEHOLD: The Grand Orbital Table (single link pretty picture)
posted by water bear at 10:27 PM PST - 31 comments

We don't need no stinking flashcards!

Ever wanted to know how you would do on the SAT verbal? Feel like showing off at cocktail parties that you know the capitals of Africa and the Middle East? Now you can! [more inside]
posted by the_royal_we at 10:15 PM PST - 23 comments

Robots and aliens and people slaughtering superheroes

Kevin O'Neil, classic 2000ad artist, co-creator of Marshall Law, frequent colaborator with Alan Moore and the only artist ever to be outright banned by the Comics code Authority ("there’s nothing you can change — the style is unsuitable!”) talks at length in an epic interview at the comics journal: Part one, part two, part three, part four, part five.
posted by Artw at 9:37 PM PST - 23 comments

"Choking Warning: Eat one at a time."

Sage advice when you're eating marshmallows. Now pediatricians want to redesign hot dogs so kids don't choke on them.
posted by treeshar at 8:07 PM PST - 112 comments


File this under terrible, but in just the right way: Say hello to teen Christian rockers Final Placement! They want to share their joy with the world, actual tunes be damned. (via A.V. Club) [more inside]
posted by The Devil Tesla at 8:05 PM PST - 65 comments

More Letters of Note

In this day of twitters, emails, and SMS messages, there is something suddenly strangely fascinating about reviewing written personal correspondence. For example, consider this this letter from artist Winston Smith to a young fan named Austin Kleon. On the other side of the "inspiration coin" is this letter in which San Francisco's Harvey Milk defends cult leader Jim Jones. But perhaps the most bizarre correspondence to hit the Internet of late is this letter from Supreme Court Justice Scalia to an aspiring screenwriter, in which Justice Scalia declares that the concept of secession is not something he can help the writer understand.
posted by crazyray at 7:46 PM PST - 19 comments

The Fetishising of Tape Begins Now

"I only listen to cassettes," Sonic Youth's Thurston Moore told CBC radio last summer: an article on the merits [or otherwise] of releasing new music on cassette. [more inside]
posted by meech at 7:31 PM PST - 91 comments

Juggalo News

"He needs to step up to congress and say 'if this legislation goes through, I've got a hatchet with your dick's name on it.'" (SLYT)
posted by griphus at 6:26 PM PST - 61 comments

Live by the Sword, Die by the Sword

Soon there will be a sword for every man, woman, and child in the city. But come on, it's not like they're dangerous. OR ARE THEY? In six episodes of Cautionary Tales of Swords, Trip Fisk makes the case for the danger of nature's hell sticks and while they'll fucking slice a baby in half.
posted by pokermonk at 5:40 PM PST - 38 comments

Strong enough to break free of a CGC seal?

A copy of Action Comics #1, featuring the first appearance of Superman, has sold for $1,000,000.
posted by the bricabrac man at 5:01 PM PST - 79 comments

PhRMA is ... exactly what it sounds like

The Legacy of Billy Tauzin: Paul Blumenthal of the Sunlight Foundation details the complicated set of meetings that allowed the now retiring head of prescription drug lobby group PhRMA (derided in a popular Obama campaign spot) to secure influence on the health care bill in exchange for their endorsement. The White House officially announced its health care plan today. [more inside]
posted by l33tpolicywonk at 4:33 PM PST - 22 comments

An Interactive Film

Each day, we are surrounded by seemingly insignificant objects, taking them from one place to the other, or leaving them on a table for weeks, without paying any attention to them. We ignore or forget them, using things only when we need to, making sure they don’t interfere or inhabit our space. But what if they were not so stable and subservient? What if they could swivel, bounce or even fly? And what if they did so all at the same time? This experiment is about re-discovering our daily surroundings. Each object is assigned to a letter on the keyboard, and can be activated or deactivated at any time. [more inside]
posted by netbros at 3:39 PM PST - 19 comments

Sahannah Lions, Seht's Tigers, Grizzly Bears

Online booster drafts at Le Bestiaire Here you can draft (the) Magic the Gathering game by selecting the editions of the virtual boosters you want to open. This Magic Draft website simulates other players of the draft which allows you to play against 'bots'. From rarities like Arabian Nights to Worldwake, The Bestiary's monsters are not merely beautiful paper tigers but gamepieces guided by gestalt player logic into a compelling simulation of the Magic booster draft game. With over 15 years of cards to admire and miser over, in French, English, Chinese, German, and more. Have fun drafting Ali from Cairo.
posted by kid ichorous at 2:29 PM PST - 25 comments

IE6 Funeral

IE6 Funeral [via mefi projects]
posted by kbrower3 at 2:19 PM PST - 90 comments

A Brick of the Emerald City

Today, Gemfields, operator of the Kagem mine in Zambia has announced the discovery of "Insofu". Coming in at 6225 carats, Insofu is one of the largest (currently uncut) emeralds ever discovered (behind the 7025 carat Colombian emerald Emilia, and the very poor quality 1182 lb. Madagascar emerald). Insofu means elephant in the language of the Bemba people who are indigenous to the area, and was named because of both its amazing size and in honor of the World Land Trust's "Wild Lands Elephant Corridor Project" in India which Gemfields participates in. [more inside]
posted by strixus at 12:48 PM PST - 29 comments

Straight outta @&#*!

NWA's "Straight outta Compton" edited down to just the profanity. Backup link.
posted by loquacious at 12:33 PM PST - 66 comments

My Vermonts, Let Me Show You Them

Let Me Show You Vermont. Sketches and other imagery of small-town Vermont from Susan Abbott.
posted by Nothing... and like it at 12:29 PM PST - 23 comments

Here and St. Elsewhere

A map of Tommy Westphall's mind. (previously) [more inside]
posted by ocherdraco at 12:20 PM PST - 48 comments

Run, Hercules, Run!

"He was one of the first great chefs of Philadelphia - in fact, of the young nation. The chief cook in President George Washington's home in 1790 had only one name: Hercules." [more inside]
posted by mudpuppie at 12:16 PM PST - 20 comments

In My Arms

In My Arms: a site about unconscious women carried in the arms of monsters, bad guys and other creepy individuals. [Google Cache]
posted by brundlefly at 12:15 PM PST - 24 comments

We love the Dalai Lama. We also love french fries.

Why Americans Love the Dalai Lama : an insightful piece from CNN preceding his appearance tonight at 9PM EST on Larry King Live. [more inside]
posted by grapefruitmoon at 11:15 AM PST - 108 comments


ChurchRater - like Yelp!, but for churches.
posted by jtron at 11:12 AM PST - 33 comments

I'm sure this'll end well....

We may soon be able to clone Neanderthals. But should we? An essay from Archaeology Magazine examines the ethical, scientific and legal ramifications. (Via Heather Pringle's Time Machine blog, where essay author Zach Zorich posted a reply and elicited a response.) [more inside]
posted by zarq at 9:48 AM PST - 207 comments

Invent Your Own Computer Games with Python

Invent Your Own Computer Games with Python: PDF
posted by vostok at 9:05 AM PST - 45 comments

He aimed for the stars and often hit London.

Many are familiar with Operation Paperclip - the secret U.S. program that brought Nazi scientists to our shores in order to develop the American space program. However, the details surrounding the Nazi V-2 program has always been a little murky in the eyes of the American people - it turns out that more people were killed building V-2 rockets than from actual V-2 rocket attacks. A new photography exhibit called Dora and the V-2: Slave Labor in the Space Age aims to transform perceptions in one of the American communities most affected by the influx of Nazi scientists... [more inside]
posted by cinemafiend at 8:42 AM PST - 56 comments

unknown unknowns

Do you feel like a fraud, wondering what sort of voodoo you’ve unwittingly conjured up to make people think you know what you’re doing, when the reality is quite the contrary?
posted by infinitefloatingbrains at 7:57 AM PST - 97 comments

Outside the Box

Ann Weber makes curvy, bulbous, towering organic forms, some as tall as sixteen feet, entirely from carboard. Beautiful. One week left to catch her exhibit in San Francisco.
posted by cross_impact at 7:32 AM PST - 7 comments

Adolfo Farsari

In the 1880s at a time when most Europeans were denied access to the Japanese interior an Italian photographer managed to capture many images of Old Japan. These were then beautifully and realistically hand painted and serve as a remarkable record of a world long since disappeared. Victorian-era photos of Japan.
posted by shakespeherian at 7:30 AM PST - 28 comments

Let's hope that they have good aim

A runway that intersects with a major road. A short runway that begins and ends with cliffs over the ocean. All in all, the most ridiculous runways you will ever touch down on. [more inside]
posted by emilyd22222 at 7:10 AM PST - 47 comments

Like a Polaroid Picture

Controversial Auction Sells Warhols From Polaroid’s Collection [more inside]
posted by three blind mice at 4:27 AM PST - 17 comments

Sticks and stones can harm your poll ratings

The Observer publish an excerpt of Andrew Rawnsley's new book, in which he alleges that Gordon Brown has been aggressive and volatile in power. Immediately up pops a representative of an organisation called the National Bullying Helpline, which says it has received calls from "inside Downing Street", garnering TV news appearances. However, is the NBH all that it seems? [more inside]
posted by Grangousier at 1:18 AM PST - 40 comments

Wall Street's Bailout Hustle

"The reality is that the post-bailout era in which Goldman [Sachs] thrived has turned out to be a chaotic frenzy of high-stakes con-artistry, with taxpayers and clients bilked out of billions using a dizzying array of old-school hustles that, but for their ponderous complexity, would have fit well in slick grifter movies like The Sting and Matchstick Men. There's even a term in con-man lingo for what some of the banks are doing right now, with all their cosmetic gestures of scaling back bonuses and giving to charities. In the grifter world, calming down a mark so he doesn't call the cops is known as the "Cool Off.""
posted by Pope Guilty at 12:23 AM PST - 50 comments

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