November 24, 2009

1) my nephew's ok, 2) there's a dead body at the main gate, 3) US denies responsibility for bombing in Afghanistan.

Wikileaks to release over half a million pager intercepts from 9/11. "Messages in the archive range from Pentagon and New York Police Department exchanges, to computers reporting faults to their operators as the World Trade Center collapsed." They're going to start posting them at 3am this morning.
posted by empath at 10:36 PM PST - 184 comments

Music to cook your turkey to...

Thanksgiving. you know what that means. But this year, Arlo's got some competition from The Band. Scorsese's film 'The Last Waltz' chronicled their final show at the Winterland (1976-11-25). We've discussed the movie, and the album before, but that wasn't the half of it! The whole show was more than 4 hours, and thanks once again to wonderful guys at Wolfgang's Vault we can now listen to the whole damn show!
posted by mikelieman at 8:36 PM PST - 28 comments

Feminism with atheism: two great tastes that go together.

Amanda Marcotte on why atheism needs feminism. [more inside]
posted by Mngo at 5:20 PM PST - 154 comments

Tomes of ancient lore

Although it's commonplace nowadays to assume that J.R.R. Tolkien's The Lord of the Rings was the primary source of inspiration for Dave Arneson and Gary Gygax when they created the world's first tabletop roleplaying game, Dungeons & Dragons, a careful examination of the game suggests otherwise... James Maliszewski on The Books That Founded D&D. Some disagreement.
posted by Artw at 4:13 PM PST - 109 comments

The Private Part of a Self-Important Self-Description

The Virtue of a Manager
posted by blasdelf at 3:28 PM PST - 31 comments

Hey, lego!

Modern construction materials. (via)
posted by klausness at 2:59 PM PST - 15 comments

Your Looks and Your Inbox

"This week we will be confronting a fact that, by definition, haunts the average online dater: no matter how much time you spend polishing your profile, honing your IM banter, and perfecting your message introductions, it’s your picture that matters most." (Previously 1 2 3)
posted by gman at 2:24 PM PST - 123 comments

Opera in Focus

La Gioconda, Tristan und Isolde, The Pearl Fishers, Il Trovatore, and Rigoletto — enacted with 16-inch rod puppets. [more inside]
posted by Iridic at 2:04 PM PST - 5 comments


Whether or not you agree with the platform and views of Mr. George Hutchins, candidate for the 4th Congressional District of North Carolina, you must bask in the glory of the most awesome candidate website ever created.
posted by XQUZYPHYR at 1:36 PM PST - 207 comments

Accidental cartographers

“Some squirrel nibbled the continent of South America on one of my pumpkins. It’s freaking me out.” A collection of accidental geographies. The phenomenon is known as "cartocacoethes," and may explain why some old maps are not maps at all. via StrangeMaps [more inside]
posted by cubby at 1:25 PM PST - 29 comments

U.S. Census Worker Hanged Himself in Kentucky with the Word "Fed" Scrawled Across His Chest

Cancer survivor, teacher, single father, and part-time U.S. Census worker Bill Sparkman was found dead September 12, hanging from a tree with the word "FED" written on his chest. It was actually a suicide. (Previously)
posted by Slap Factory at 12:27 PM PST - 125 comments

Circle of death :(

In 20 years, according to one estimate, wild lions could be extinct in Kenya. [more inside]
posted by allkindsoftime at 10:11 AM PST - 38 comments

It is not the most chilling portrait of a murderer

It may be the worst police sketch ever: "The head is shaped like a rugby ball, the lips slide to one side, the nose is phallic, the ears are missing and the hair is having a very bad day." But it led to two arrests, and one television station, in order to protect the identities of the arrested, seemed to think it was a good idea to superimpose the illustration on top of the faces of the suspects.
posted by Astro Zombie at 9:37 AM PST - 45 comments

The Insiders

"I began bringing a camera along to work, photographing my surroundings. And as this project progressed and I slowly learned my craft, I became increasingly fascinated with other photographers who had been in a similar situation, those who had found themselves recording their own jobs: The Insiders [A tiny bit NSFW] ."
posted by chunking express at 9:08 AM PST - 22 comments

Cockeyed gets its costume on

Rob Cockerham is no stranger to giant Halloween costume projects (and no stranger to MeFi). Every year he famously chronicles his costume builds (1, 2, 3, 4, 5) including everything from idea to final design. This year we not only get to see how his "Money you save with Geico" costume went together, he also published shots from other bay area halloween costume builders (now that's a sub-genre) including the awesome Tauntaun that beat him and the Transformers Bumblebee costume that took ten months to create and went all the way to win in Las Vegas costume contests.
posted by mathowie at 9:04 AM PST - 34 comments

An All New Muppet Video

The Muppets Cover Queen An all-new, original Muppet video. (SLYT)
posted by Optamystic at 8:50 AM PST - 134 comments

Time-Lapse Favs

Chad Richard creates ground-breaking time-lapse photography with HDR techniques. For example, his recent compilation video Time-Lapse Favs. His weblog, Time Traveler, includes tutorials and samples. [more inside]
posted by netbros at 8:02 AM PST - 31 comments

Plant Sex.

Pollen, pollen everywhere. The article isn't bad, but it's the photo gallery that is truly fascinating.
posted by eleyna at 7:41 AM PST - 23 comments

The Crazy World of andernestborgnineasdominic!

A strange, cryptic compact disc was found while hiking in Joshua Tree National Park. [more inside]
posted by gcbv at 7:25 AM PST - 85 comments

Blackwater's Secret War in Pakistan

Blackwater's Secret War in Pakistan - by Jeremy Scahill [via]
posted by Burhanistan at 7:18 AM PST - 61 comments


Prelude On The Esplanade| Introductory Fanfare For The Hooper Heroes| Movement I: In The Countenance Of Kings| Movement II: Sleeping Invader| Interlude I—Dream Sequence in Subi Circumnavigation| Movement III: Linear Tableau with Intersecting Surprise| Movement IV: Traffic Shock| Movement V: Self-Organizing Emergent Patterns| Interlude II: Subi Power Waltz| Interlude III: Invisible Accidents| Movement VI: Isorhythmic Night Dance with Interchanges| Movement VII (Finale): The Emperor of Centrifuge| Postlude: Critical Mass | The Sleeping Red Wolves
posted by chuckdarwin at 2:49 AM PST - 29 comments

Aerial Imagery

Scotland's National Collection of Aerial Photography includes a plethora of pictures of Scotland, notably Edinburgh and Glasgow, seen from above, many dating back to WWII. But there are also photographs of wartime European cities and images of elsewhere from the Aerial Reconnaissance Archives.
posted by Lezzles at 12:17 AM PST - 4 comments

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