April 2, 2010

A light flickers out

"Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak told CNET he was saddened to learn of Roberts' death. 'He took a critically important step that led to everything we have today,' Wozniak said." Ed Roberts, creator of the Altair 8800, the first personal computer, died Thursday. [more inside]
posted by longsleeves at 10:54 PM PST - 37 comments

Rock out with your double reed out!

Bassoon-core? Aw yeah! "The BASSOONCORE movement in the early 1990's consists of a short list of little-known bands and foremost among those is CHOTCHKE (1993-1998), who began life as a six-piece and went on through fluctuating memberships and styles to record a lot and release a little. Today I will present the first in a series of studies of the unedited studio noodling of Chotchke." More music from Chotchke courtesy of WFMU. The Story of Chotchke from a former member.
posted by Saxon Kane at 10:52 PM PST - 7 comments

Bunnies gone wild

Bunnies gone wild! There are rabbits overrunning the University of Victoria (BC, Canada) campus. For some it's fun and facebookable. For the University, it's a problem. They've tried humane methods of control. Now they may have to turn to more conventional means.
posted by kneecapped at 9:20 PM PST - 90 comments

maxwell's silver hammer

maxwell, a college film version...... You've seen this one, you probably haven't seen this one ( a bit creepy! don't let your daughter date this guy!). There is this studio version . The Steve Martin version, a bit more professional. Another college version...(extra credit for a damn nice hammer in this one!). This one scares me a bit! and... if you just want to play the darn song without all the blood! This one gets points for hammer and teeth! or.."wanna see my hammer?"
posted by HuronBob at 9:19 PM PST - 12 comments

Modern New Orleans

Fitzpatrick Traveltalks: Modern New Orleans, 1940 [more inside]
posted by brundlefly at 6:51 PM PST - 10 comments

"Now dad remember. Smile, be polite, and whatever you do don't tell the pig joke."

Actor Tony Danza is teaching 10th grade English, for a year, in Philadelphia. What started as yet another reality TV show idea for A&E Network (purveyor of A&E Classroom), has become something more, or less, depending on your POV.
posted by paulsc at 5:34 PM PST - 67 comments

It looks like you are composing an FPP - Would you like to add a snappy title?

Bob and Beyond - Tandy Trower (previously) on the history of Microsoft Bob, Clippy and other Microsoft forays into the field of embodied agents.
posted by Artw at 4:51 PM PST - 24 comments

Vintage Posters!

Here's some gorgeous vintage posters.
posted by loquacious at 3:39 PM PST - 17 comments

Supreme Clientele – 10 Years Later

Supreme Clientele – 10 Years Later [more inside]
posted by Joe Beese at 3:28 PM PST - 25 comments

Physician, Heal Thy Hippocratic Oath!

‘If You Voted for Obama, Seek Urologic Care Elsewhere’ 'A doctor who considers the national health-care overhaul to be bad medicine for the country posted a sign on his office door telling patients who voted for President Barack Obama to seek care "elsewhere."' This is but a new twist in the continuing debate over a physician's right to refuse treatment. [more inside]
posted by VikingSword at 1:19 PM PST - 165 comments

The Revolution Will Now Be Available in PDF

"Broadside was a small underground magazine smuggled out of a New York City housing project in a baby carriage, filled with new songs by artists who were too creative for the folkies and too radical for the establishment." The entire back catalog of this influential magazine - which helped set the visual standard for underground zines until desktop publishing - is now avalable online, in PDF.
posted by Miko at 1:18 PM PST - 9 comments

Who's in charge of a company, anyway?

The myth of shareholder capitalism. It's commonly believed that a company's primary duty is to maximize shareholder value. Anything that might reduce the returns to shareholders is questionable, including giving employees good wages and benefits. According to a recent article in the Harvard Business Review, this is a misconception, and corporate management is being taught the wrong lessons based on obsolete case law. [more inside]
posted by Lexica at 1:10 PM PST - 40 comments


On Good Friday, Filipino Catholics participate in a reenactment of the life and death of Jesus known as a Senakulo. For some, the practice includes self-mortification and nailing to an actual cross. Church leaders have rejected the practice: one bishop calls crucifixions a "tourist activity." [more inside]
posted by l33tpolicywonk at 1:00 PM PST - 37 comments

If it's not Pictish, it's crap!

Information-age math finds code in ancient Scottish symbols. "The ancestors of modern Scottish people left behind mysterious, carved stones that new research has just determined contain the written language of the Picts, an Iron Age society that existed in Scotland from 300 to 843. The highly stylized rock engravings, found on what are known as the Pictish Stones, had once been thought to be rock art or tied to heraldry. The new study, published in the Proceedings of the Royal Society A, instead concludes that the engravings represent the long lost language of the Picts, a confederation of Celtic tribes that lived in modern-day eastern and northern Scotland."
posted by homunculus at 12:25 PM PST - 25 comments

Steampunk Dogfights? In my browser?

Friday Flash Fun: Steambirds. Turn based aerial combat. Bye productivity... [via RPS]
posted by mccarty.tim at 11:08 AM PST - 44 comments

Stand By Me

Just in time for Easter (or estrous festival, or whatever you celebrate this time of year)... Muppet Rabbits!
posted by hippybear at 11:04 AM PST - 33 comments

Quizarray by Monkeon

Flash Friday: Quizarray by Monkeon
posted by East Manitoba Regional Junior Kabaddi Champion '94 at 9:31 AM PST - 10 comments


If you tell your commander that you're a homosexual, you can be discharged from the military, unless they think you're doing it to get out of the military. "If commanders are ignoring or rejecting credible evidence of homosexuality because of the alleged motive of the person who makes the statement, the bottom line is they are keeping gay people in the service," said Frank, a senior research fellow at UC Santa Barbara's Palm Center. "That gives the lie that known gay people undercut the military."
posted by borkencode at 9:17 AM PST - 68 comments

The Harvard Depository

Harvard University finished in 1986 construction of the Harvard Depository, a mysterious storage facility in a publicly undisclosed location 30 miles from campus where large tracts of land are less expensive than in Cambridge. While the facility was originally intended to store Harvard's least-used volumes, it is now home to 45 percent of Harvard's collections. David Lamberth, chair of the Library Implementation Work Group, calls it a "precise warehouse" for which the term "library" would prove inaccurate.
posted by stbalbach at 9:15 AM PST - 45 comments

Blog of Indescribable Awesomeness

I think this blog, not quite a comic but not quite all text, is extraordinarily funny with a nice occasional sharp edge. You may too. via metachat and metafilter's own ThePinkSuperhero
posted by mygothlaundry at 9:00 AM PST - 34 comments

Game, set, match.

"Tennis Girl" photographer dead at 63. Photographer Martin Elliot was best known for the iconic 1976 photo "Tennis Girl". [more inside]
posted by iviken at 8:55 AM PST - 40 comments

It's like Greasemonkey, but for your GUI

Have you ever wanted to change the functionality of the GUI of a program that you didn't have the source code for? Prefab is a tool that was made to allow you to do exactly that. [more inside]
posted by ArgentCorvid at 7:45 AM PST - 40 comments

The Lifesaver bottle. It does what it says.

Let me introduce you to the Lifesaver bottle. This very compact design (in both a bottle and a jerrycan form) allows someone to get clean drinking water in seconds. Their filters can last up to 20000 liters in the jerrycan form and 6000 in the bottle form. The price for this technology? $150 for the bottle and $400 for the top shelf jerrycan. [more inside]
posted by DoublePlus at 7:32 AM PST - 72 comments

runme.org - say it with software art!

Runme.org is a software art repository, launched in January 2003. It is an open, moderated database to which people are welcome to submit projects they consider to be interesting examples of software art. Previously.
posted by vostok at 6:58 AM PST - 2 comments

As if you don't have enough reasons already

7 reasons to not use Comic Sans in your comic.
posted by sambosambo at 4:20 AM PST - 83 comments

The price is write

Cory Doctorow gives a talk at Bloomsbury on book pricing in the internet age (47min video)
posted by fearfulsymmetry at 3:26 AM PST - 136 comments

Nummer Wan Ladies' Detective Agency

Whit wid ye dae if ye fund yersel face tae face wi a muckle lion? Staund as still as a stookie? Mak yer feet yer freens and rin? Creep awa quiet-like? Mibbe ye wid jist steek yer een and hope that ye were haein a dream – which is whit Obed did at first when he saw the frichtsome lion starin strecht at him. [more inside]
posted by Dim Siawns at 1:43 AM PST - 31 comments

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