November 3, 2002

Carve-up of oil riches begins

Carve-up of oil riches begins US plans to ditch industry rivals and force end of Opec, write Peter Beaumont and Faisal Islam
posted by Postroad at 11:39 PM PST - 14 comments

The Hand of Karl Rove

The Hand of Karl Rove has moved before, and it may be moving as we speak. With the sudden revelation of an illegal working for Senate candidate David Pryor (who is leading Sen. Hutchinson), suspicion of the timing and credibility of these attacks is warranted, along with asking 'who benefits the most from this being revealed'. Don't be so sure other dirty tricks aren't being played. Don't worry about voting, this guy says it won't matter. Bleh.
posted by RobbieFal at 10:08 PM PST - 11 comments

The Collected Poems Of William Butler Yeats

When you are old and grey and full of sleep,
And nodding by the fire, take down this book,
And slowly read, and dream of the soft look
Your eyes had once, and of their shadows deep;

How many loved your moments of glad grace,
And loved your beauty with love false or true,
But one man loved the pilgrim soul in you,
And loved the sorrows of your changing face;

And bending down beside the glowing bars,
Murmur, a little sadly, how Love fled
And paced upon the mountains overhead
And hid his face amid a crowd of stars.

The Collected Poems Of William Butler Yeats
posted by y2karl at 9:50 PM PST - 89 comments


Loopland - fun and stylish site of Allan Sanders, freelance London-based illustrator. Visit his portfolio of client work, personal sketches and quirky little flash films (I like 06.01). Among his notable work, he was recently commissioned by Studio AKA to design & build the fun, interactive Campus FIFA for the official FIFA World Cup website. (but you know those damn designers - sites may contain flash and launch new windows)
posted by madamjujujive at 9:45 PM PST - 10 comments

Moving women, not going anywhere.

Moving women, not going anywhere.
1."I keep a hard body as a treat and not an obsession."
2. "I am in very touch with my sexuality."

posted by The Jesse Helms at 9:34 PM PST - 35 comments

Not just a nostalgic trip.

Not just a nostalgic trip. The fascinating story of Erno Rubik, inventor of, well take a guess.
posted by meech at 7:18 PM PST - 3 comments

A proposed mega wind farm miles into the ocean off Cape Cod is being fought by Democrats like Robert Kennedy Jr because it would "obstruct" the view from his oceanside house on clear days. Other concerns like bird kills (perhaps a few hundred birds a year), fish disruption from poles in the sand and danger to low flying planes are cited and could hold the project up for 5 years or perhaps forever. Would you care about a windfarm out in the ocean if Kennedy and few other had a view that was not "like when the Pilgrams arrived" or is this powerfull community leaders pulling a Not in my Backyard when it comes to fighting for the Environment. Horseshoe Shoals is one of the best wind spots on the East Coast.
posted by stbalbach at 6:53 PM PST - 30 comments

Who knows the evil that lurks in the hearts of men?

Who knows the evil that lurks in the hearts of men? The Shadow knows. Radio serials and dramas take me back to driving along with my grandfather, listening to tapes he made of his favorite programs growing up. It's still a nice way to wile away some time.
posted by FunkyHelix at 4:27 PM PST - 11 comments

Full body scans.

Full body scans. Is this the cat's revenge?
posted by feelinglistless at 4:25 PM PST - 17 comments

Happy Diwali (or Deepavali) to all Hindu, Indian, Bengali, Punjabi & Sikh metafilter members & readers. Diwali, a 5-day festival, is as important to Hindus and Indians as Christmas is to Christians. The festival is also known as Festival of Lights and its rich history and traditions are rooted in the Hindu epic Ramayana (written in the Sanskrit language) (picture gallery of Ramayana). But there are several legends of how Diwali originated. Although this important festival is celebrated differently in different parts of India and other countries, the significance of Diwali is the unifying belief and celebration of the victory of good / righteousness / light / knowledge over evil / vice/ darkness / ignorance, which is symbolized by the lighting of oil lamps, candles and scented incense during this festival. Enjoy!
posted by taratan at 3:06 PM PST - 11 comments

This arrest is brought to you by...

This arrest is brought to you by... This company has come up with the idea of covering police cruisers with advertising as a way for local law-enforcement to deal with budget cuts. Apparently, twelve towns have already gone for it. This group is trying to stop it. Institutions like schools and hospitals are already being taken over by advertising and product placement. Is this any different? "Freeze! You want fries with that?"
posted by notclosed at 2:16 PM PST - 11 comments

Exploding Varmints, Vol. 1

Exploding Varmints, Vol. 1 with "hundreds of confirmed kills" is a video "so disgusting, he viewed the whole thing - twice", and a perfect target for PETA's wrath.
posted by mischief at 10:48 AM PST - 17 comments

What is MetaFilter?

What is MetaFilter?
metafilter is important
metafilter is cool
metafilter is different from most weblogs
metafilter is gone for good
metafilter is boring
metafilter is bad for me
More fun usage of everyone's favourite search engine at I myself, am said said to have the highest dispersive mixing capability of any compounder yet. Who knew!?
posted by PenDevil at 7:44 AM PST - 50 comments

Swan song for a great explorer.

Swan song for a great explorer. Tomorow, the Galileo explorer will make a flyby of Jovian moon Amalthea ending pehaps the geatest unmanned mission in NASA history. Galileo telemetry may not survive the flyby having already receieved much more radiation than it was designed for. Even if it does survive, this will be its final orbit scheduled to crash into Jupiter in September of next year. In spite of antenna difficulties, the spacecraft returned many beautiful images of Jupiter's moons, along with coverage of the Shoemaker-Levy collision and the first atmospheric probe to decend into Jupiter's weather.
posted by KirkJobSluder at 6:54 AM PST - 9 comments

Science and Religion

The Paradox of God, the Bible, and Religion have fascinated humans since the dawn of civilization. What are your favorite web pages and books on the intersection of science and religion? Do you feel that the human concept of God evolves through time? Is science displacing God? And what about miracles? Are miracles possible?
posted by Morphic at 6:51 AM PST - 69 comments

"The first flight we took my wife and I, we were greeted by a ticket agent who cheerfully told us that we had been selected randomly for a special security check. Then it began to happen at every single stop, at every single airport. The random process took on a 100 per cent certitude." Canadian award winning writer Rohinton Mistry cancels his US book tour after being subjected to racial profiling.
posted by tranquileye at 5:38 AM PST - 78 comments

Hotter and Hotter:

Hotter and Hotter: The search for an ever more potent chile burn just got serious with The Source from Original Juan (fun flash here) at over 7 million Scoville Units. Not far to go now before pure capsaicin, at 16 million, becomes the condiment of choice. So is food becoming so unpalatable we need to set our tongues on fire first? Are our taste buds doing a Jonestown or what? (First link via Instapundit)
posted by Carlos Quevedo at 4:08 AM PST - 20 comments

B-Boys in blue:

B-Boys in blue: the thought that there is a team of hip-hop detectives in the NYPD whose day to day job is to listen to hip-hop lyrics, go out to clubs, and "monitor whose compact disc sales are climbing," among other things, is just nuts. so, to get this straight, they get paid to do at work what a lot of the rest of us do when they should be doing work. I can't imagine they're any more productive than we are. Yeah, this is funny, but c'mon guys - do some real police work already.
posted by moth at 3:27 AM PST - 11 comments

Tales from the Land of Dragons.

Tales from the Land of Dragons. 100 years of Chinese paintings. From the overview :- 'In China, painting is one of the "Three Perfections," linked with calligraphy and poetry as the most refined of artistic endeavors. This exhibition ... focuses on the years in which the great traditions of Chinese painting were established, during the Tang, Song, and Yuan dynasties ... '
posted by plep at 2:59 AM PST - 10 comments

In 1628, the Swedish man-o-war Vasa sank

In 1628, the Swedish man-o-war Vasa sank to the bottom of the Baltic Sea moments into her maiden voyage. 333 years later this remarkably well-preserved ship was resurrected from her ocean grave and brought to drydock.
posted by bunnytricks at 1:06 AM PST - 17 comments

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