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Renowned speed climber Ueli Steck has died at the age of 41 after falling from the Nuptse face of Mt. Everest. The Swiss Machine is most well known for solo climbing the north face of the Eiger without ropes in 2 hours 47 minutes, and for climbing all 82 peaks over 4,000m in the Alps in 62 days, choosing to bike and walk between each peak. Video series.
posted on Apr-30-17 at 8:47 AM

20 minutes of driving through Berlin at midnight on New Year's Eve.
posted on Jan-1-15 at 7:51 PM

Bash software bug may pose bigger threat than Heartbleed.
posted on Sep-24-14 at 7:06 PM

In 1963 French artist Robert Filliou, a member of Fluxus, proposed a public holiday to celebrate the presence of art in our lives. He decided that art had been invented on January 17th, 1,000,000 years prior, meaning 2013 is Art's 1,000,050th Annivesary!
posted on Jan-17-13 at 3:39 PM

"...it should be made clear that Tehran in the ’70s was not an equivalent to New Orleans, Chicago or Detroit. There was no funk haven per se, but within the Iranian pop world some tracks did appear, and those records are a rare treasure trove for funk aficionados." — Searching for Iran’s lost funk
posted on Oct-11-12 at 8:52 AM

I Was a Cookbook Ghostwriter [SLNYT]
posted on Mar-16-12 at 5:59 PM

Do cats always land on their feet? No. Unless...
posted on May-11-11 at 9:53 AM

The Joy of Cycling , "Unfortunately [Transport for London] didn’t go for our take on the classic 70’s illustrated sex manual."
posted on Nov-14-10 at 12:13 PM

The Vader Project.
posted on May-16-10 at 9:13 AM

The surprising motion of ski moguls: ski moguls migrate uphill, even though skiers and snow move downhill. Time lapse video (YouTube)
posted on Nov-22-09 at 4:43 PM

The lying down game.
posted on Jul-16-09 at 12:06 PM

Put your hands together for the animated ministry epileptic seizures of K & K Mime. Not over the top enough for you? How about ICCM (come for the Flash intro, stick around for the voice of God warning you about the IRS). Or how about Evangel Cathedral.net, feel free to skip the intro and enjoy the floor show, or Drum & Bass Ministries? All are the divinely inspired creative work of Sharper FX.com.
posted on Apr-20-09 at 12:08 PM

Kate Rich has run the Feral Trade grocery business trading goods along social networks since 2003. Feral Trade forges new, 'wild' trade routes between art, business and social interaction. Goods hitchhike on other sources of movement, harnessing the surplus freight potential of social and cultural travel to haul grocery items intercity, often using other artists and curators as mules. An online courier database provides a live, public view of all movements in the network.
posted on Mar-26-09 at 9:49 AM

Similar to coral, and much like the individual cells in our body, the individual zooids of Siphonophorae are so specialized that they lack the ability to survive on their own. Siphonophorae thus exist at the boundary between colonial and complex multicellular organisms. The Portuguese Man of War is probably the best known example of a Siphonophore, but there are others out there, some of which may well blow your mind.
posted on Dec-22-08 at 7:54 PM

This web site details how to construct a high performance bicycle lighting system. Also contains information on bells, horns, dynamo powered lights, and other safety devices (Warning! This site contains a small fair amount of nudity!)
posted on Jul-17-07 at 7:51 AM

Ice tsunami in Antartica (may not contain actual tsunami) via
posted on Jul-8-07 at 12:22 PM

Interesting photos and video of Montreal's standing wave, which has become something of a surfing hot spot (.mov) even though it is 400 km from the nearest ocean. Standing wave surfing is also big in Munich. Perhaps fallen Baywatch star David Hasselhoff had something to do with it?
posted on May-5-07 at 11:14 PM

The inaugural edition of Open Medicine, a peer-reviewed, independent, open-access medical journal is now available online. The online medical journal launched in the aftermath of a rift last year between some editors and the publisher of the Canadian Medical Association Journal. Among the first interesting articles? a review of studies which suggests that health outcomes may be superior in patients cared for in Canada versus the United States (but differences are not consistent), even though spending is higher south of the border.
posted on Apr-18-07 at 9:22 AM

Walking on liquids, corn starch rocking out to the beat of a subwoofer and materials that expand as they stretch are just some of the cool videos mentioned in The Stuff of Dreams (plenty more links in the last link).
posted on Jan-3-07 at 7:59 PM

Castrati were the superstars of centuries gone by! (bonus link: Countertenor jokes)
posted on Dec-8-06 at 9:21 PM

During his downtime on early worldwide tours with DEVO, Mark Mothersbaugh began illustrating on postcards to send to his friends, which he still creates, and has been creating every day for over 30 years. It's an obsessive habit/hobby which still yields anywhere from one to a couple dozen new postcard-sized images per day.
posted on Sep-3-06 at 7:25 AM

The tradition of the Regimental Goat extends as far back as 1775 and the Battle of Bunker Hill, if not earlier. Canada's own Batisse IX is said to be a direct descendant of Tibetan goats presented by the Shah of Persia to Queen Victoria in 1884. Ask any regimental goat and they will tell you they are well respected, but military discipline can be severe when the regimental goat steps out of line.
posted on Jun-24-06 at 8:53 PM

The hydrothermal vents between Easter Island and Juan Fernandez are considered to be the Earth's fastest spreading center at approximately 150km per million years. Not only is this a geological hotspot, but a biological one too where at temperatures of up to 187c and depths of 2200m researchers have discovered amongst other things a blind hairy albino lobster. Ladies, gentlemen and MeFites I present to you Kiwa hirsute (aka The Yeti Crab).
posted on Mar-8-06 at 11:44 AM

The Hitachi Hard Disk Drive Knowledge Base does very little to distinguish itself from other knowledge bases, except that it includes some fantastic examples of what your hard drive may sound like when it's dying or dead. Note: all links except first are .wav (via)
posted on Jan-23-06 at 6:27 AM

From the outside it's hard to guess this is a car factory. But then again, even from the inside the parquet floors and lack of shelves may have thrown you off. Welcome to VW's Incredible Glass Factory.
posted on Dec-24-05 at 7:55 AM

As Brazil Votes to Ban Guns, NRA Joins the Fight. Today an estimated 122 million Brazilians will vote in a national referendum on whether to ban the sale of guns and ammunition to private citizens.
posted on Oct-23-05 at 12:00 PM

An interview with Margaret Atwood. [Sometimes bad interviews are the most interesting.]
posted on Oct-12-05 at 7:30 PM

O DeLay [newsfilter]
posted on Sep-28-05 at 10:32 AM

WeFunkRadio.com has 390 full shows available for download featuring the funk, underground hip-hop, and rare grooves that are so hard to find. BitTorrents are available for the two most recent shows and there's always the audio stream and podcasts coming at you fresh from Montréal's CKUT radio.
posted on Sep-16-05 at 10:42 PM

Welcome to my Highspeed Photography Site. Not just cool photos, but insightful details of the technique required to take them. (some pages in german, most in english). via digg
posted on Aug-6-05 at 2:51 PM

Moby Blaster is an arkanoid clone that lets you create your own levels. (requires Shockwave)
posted on Jul-10-05 at 7:48 AM

Friday Flaash Fun RaidenX is a Raiden shoot-em up knock-off. Enjoy!
posted on Jul-1-05 at 8:04 AM

Maria Sharapova has supplanted Kournikova as the new hotness, at least when it comes to Japanese bedroom accessories. (mildly NSFW)
posted on Jun-26-05 at 11:40 AM

Westnet - A brand new look, but the same old feel. (The third link appears to be safe for work, but I won't make any guarantees)
posted on Jun-2-05 at 7:19 PM

The Ariel Atom is a pretty nifty car. No doors, no screen, no roof. Just a frame and the bare minimum to get you from 0 to 60mph in 2.9 seconds. This video review of the Atom is worth it just to see the driver's face get distorted a little more than three minutes into it.
posted on May-13-05 at 7:02 PM

"Recruiting has always been a difficult job, and some say the scandals that have periodically surfaced are inevitable. But the temptation to cut corners is particularly strong today..."
posted on May-3-05 at 3:08 PM

Fossil records show Biodiversity comes and goes in a 62 million year cycle. The analysis, performed by researchers with the U.S. Department of Energy's Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory and UBC, has withstood thorough testing so that confidence in the results is above 99-percent.
posted on Apr-8-05 at 9:29 PM

Spotlight on Military News and International Affairs (SOMNIA) A news aggregator since when there weren't many news aggregators. SOMNIA is a great geopolitical gift from the Canadian Forces College. From the Guardian to the Christian Science Monitor, from the Washington Times to the Washington Post, many military and geopolitical news articles aggregated on a daily basis, segregated into Canadian News, Canadian Commentary, International News and International commentary I myself have been a fan since before the war on Kosovo. Enjoy!
posted on Mar-31-05 at 11:27 PM

MC Hawking's A Brief History of Rhyme (Flash) silliness for a Tuesday afternoon.
posted on Mar-29-05 at 12:55 PM

One fashion trend that I wish would go away is the suicide vest.
posted on Feb-4-05 at 5:49 PM

Iraqi militants claimed...to have taken an American soldier hostage and threatened to behead him... The posting, on a Web site that frequently carried militants' statements, included a photo of what that statement said was an American soldier, wearing desert fatigues and seated on a concrete floor with his hands tied behind his back. The figure in the photo appeared stiff and expressionless... Looks like a bunch of newspapers got duped.
posted on Feb-1-05 at 4:58 PM

Errol Morris : respected filmmaker, editorialist, grump, and creator of some great commercials [QT]. The Sharp series is noteworthy for him straying from his usual non-fiction work. His site is chock full of interesting stuff for a Saturday surf.
posted on Jan-29-05 at 11:18 AM

As Iraqis go to the polls on Jan. 30, it will be a daunting first exercise in democracy.
posted on Jan-26-05 at 10:13 AM