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May 31, 2007

The London Russianistas
Gary Parker takes portraits of people, some of them quite special. I stumbled on the Little People Galleries, and found the photos wonderful in their treatment of the subjects, their bonds with family and others, and in the case of Brad Jordan, the breaking of bonds with the earth. more inside

May 30, 2007

Hey Everybody! Toy Commercials From the 1970s!!! more inside
Performance artist and activist Mark McGowan ate a corgi last night. He was protesting a January hunt where Prince Phillip apparently beat a fox to death with a stick and kicked it. I don't see the connection, personally. The RSPCA found that the fox did not suffer unnecessarily, but McGowan is presumably claiming favouritism toward the Royals.
Wine scandal leaves Sausalito with a bad taste. Report on the arson cited in the article here.
Curious George: music recommendations by genre: Is there a good site to ask real people for music recommendations, or might I pick the brains of monkeyfilter? I have been wanting to stretch out my listening lately, but I'm disatisfied with many of the usual community-music recommending sites. more inside
Stinky 18th Century England. And again 100 years later. via

May 29, 2007

Citing Frustration With Peace Groups and Politics, Cindy Sheehan Goes Home In a piece posted to Daily Kos, the famous Anti-war Mom declares, The most devastating conclusion that I reached this morning, however, was that Casey did indeed die for nothing. . . I have tried every since he died to make his sacrifice meaningful. Casey died for a country which cares more about who will be the next American Idol than how many people will be killed in the next few months while Democrats and Republicans play politics with human lives. Previously, on MonkeyFilter more inside
What happened to those 1,000 monkeys with 1,000 typewriters? Well, things have turned ugly. more inside
On writing well. At the beginning of his 1946 essay “Politics and the English Language,” George Orwell made clear that he thought the language had become disheveled and decadent. Intending shock, Orwell offered five examples of subliterate prose by known writers. But these selections don’t look as ghastly to us as they did to Orwell, because language is so much worse today.
"To the Person Sitting in Darkness" by Mark Twain. more inside
Don't you put it in your mouth

May 28, 2007

Photos from the air. Michael Collier takes pictures from his single engine plane. A slideshow from NPR.
The Unofficial Kids Incorporated Show Music/Video Page Warning: This may destroy you. more inside
Boy kills giant boar. [NewsFilter] I don't know what's more amazing: the way this eleven year old has been brought up with a killer's instinct to chase down this pig with a pistol and finish it off point blank, or the sheer size of the beast.
Thunderbird? An elaborate hoax, or a cryptozoologist's dream? Eiter way, the analysis is an interesting read, especially when Darwin is brought into it.

May 27, 2007

Leonard Cohen, happy at last? A nice little feature from Saturday's Globe. Features a small video of him at home in Montreal, discussing his art.
Sacha Feiner's Alien Costume
Reverse engineering at its most oddly obsessive. Great work here!
Bill Maher on the French. (Some NSFW-type language.)

May 26, 2007

"Eventually, the universe will appear static," said Krauss. "All evidence of modern cosmology will have disappeared." Physicists Lawrence Krauss from Case Western Reserve University and Robert J. Scherrer from Vanderbilt University predict that trillions of years into the future, the information that currently allows us to understand how the universe expands will have disappeared over the visible horizon. (via slashdot.org) more inside
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