October 11, 2008

Ritual and Witchcraft in Cornwall

Witches of Cornwall. "Macabre evidence of age-old spells surfaces in an archaeologist's front yard." [Via]
posted by homunculus at 11:25 PM PST - 44 comments

When I see three oranges, I juggle. When I see two towers, I walk.

When Man on Wire won a Grand Jury Prize: at Sundance this year, many could hazily remember Philippe Petit's high-wire walk between the World Trade Center Towers in New York in 1974 (previously) but few knew the extent to which the entire endeavor was a wacky multinational caper. [more inside]
posted by jessamyn at 7:55 PM PST - 32 comments

looking through old photographs

People sleeping, gently vulnerable and evocative, vintage photographs. [more inside]
posted by nickyskye at 6:08 PM PST - 50 comments

My New York

My New York : artists, writers, professionals, and New Yorkers of all stripes talk about what they look forward to seeing in the city this fall.
posted by shivohum at 5:32 PM PST - 17 comments

"...market fundamentalism for the last 25 or so years. And now that world is collapsing... "

Bill Moyers interviews George Soros on the financial crisis. Soros discusses market fundamentalism and the causes of the current crisis, as well as what can be done, and how this meltdown will change the global economy. (via The Big Picture) [more inside]
posted by [expletive deleted] at 5:24 PM PST - 44 comments

The Ham What Am/Not

The myth persisted over the years until it became real even though the truth was known. Now thanks to wonder of the net, we find out that Mama Cass did not die from eating a Ham Sandwich. NSFW
posted by Xurando at 5:20 PM PST - 27 comments


The book artist Clifton Meador has dabbled in a few other projects, including I HV DRM, a version of Martin Luther King Jr.'s historic speech delivered at the 1963 March on Washington. Meador's edited out the words, leaving only the pauses and the audience response. "We can't remember the words anymore," he says. [more inside]
posted by liketitanic at 5:16 PM PST - 8 comments

Reigning in the beastiality contigent

Man sleeps with cat
posted by Christ, what an asshole at 5:07 PM PST - 67 comments

Climb Dance.

Climb Dance A short (and fast) film about a Pikes Peak International Hill Climb run from 1989. (Warning: Contains a small amount of jazzy piano sandwiched around about five minutes of very loud high RPM engine revving.)
posted by loquacious at 4:56 PM PST - 15 comments

unicode snowman for you

[unicode snowman for you] [more inside]
posted by not_on_display at 4:24 PM PST - 72 comments

John McCain and democracy

John McCain served on the advisory board to the U.S. chapter of an international group linked to ultra-right-wing death squads in Central America in the 1980s. As the head of the IRI, he helped finance coups against democratic governments in Haiti and Venezuela. Were those governments fairly elected? The 1984 elections were perhaps the freest and fairest in Nicaraguan history. Aristide...won the first free and fair election in the country’s history with 67 percent of the vote. In Venezuela, all of Chavez's victories in elections were monitored and certified by a variety of observers including the Organization of American States, the European Union and the Carter Center.
posted by shetterly at 3:56 PM PST - 37 comments

Piano Tuna... Parallax Error Beheads You.

M a x T un d r a :v:
posted by vronsky at 2:50 PM PST - 19 comments

Rebranding literature

Cormac McCarthy as “gay porn.” Literary site Bookninja holds a contest to rebrand literary classics with jarringly (but hilariously) out-of-place new cover designs. [more inside]
posted by joeclark at 12:43 PM PST - 53 comments

It’s a scientific fact that anyone entering the distance will grow smaller.

A man ambushed a stone. Caught it. Made it a prisoner.
Put it in a dark room and stood guard over it for the
rest of his life.

Russell Edson is an American poet. More of his work here (beware popups). An appreciation.
posted by generalist at 9:57 AM PST - 12 comments

The Weather Underground

Before it was a website, the Weather Underground[google video, 90 mins] was an off-shoot militant wing of the Students for a Democratic Society. It was responsible for a series of bombings of government buildings, banks and corporate HQ's, as well as Timothy Leary's breakout from prison. They eventually turned themselves in, but few were convicted of any crime, due to misconduct by federal authorities tasked with investigating them. [previously]
posted by empath at 8:30 AM PST - 81 comments

The Bridge to New Zealand

Why I'd Be a Better VP than Sarah Palin
posted by AstroGuy at 7:19 AM PST - 59 comments

Imagine being excited about a Paul McCartney album

Paul is NOT dead. Paul goes into the studio, alone, no songs prepared at all. Thirteen songs in thirteen days -- one each day -- Paul playing every instrument, writing lyrics on the fly, ripping a line from a poem, the next spontaneous, off the cuff, really gutsy. The album, Electric Arguments, to be released next month. [more inside]
posted by dancestoblue at 12:26 AM PST - 116 comments

We can now declare the next president!

There is a litmus test that has predicted the winner and loser of every presidential election over the past 100 years. If the Dow has risen 3.3 percent or more in October, the incumbent party has never lost. If the Dow has dropped 0.5 percent or more, the incumbent party has never won. That is, until 2004. Perhaps a more reliable test is the relative popularity of halloween masks; track your favorite candidate at Amazon or BuyCostumes.
posted by twoleftfeet at 12:05 AM PST - 31 comments

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