March 24, 2009
Cow Urine Cola
Could Cow Urine Cola Make a Splash?
Proprietor Says Drink Has Health Benefits;
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This unusual car wreck took place in the Ukraine, when the truck followed from
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The Complete Drunk Athlete Web Photo Index
March 22, 2009
Greenmarket produce scans
…Every Saturday, if I can, I go to my local Greenmarket (at Grand Army Plaza), buy some goodies, take them home, and scan them.
The Fleeting Crunch
“Hey man, whoever you are, what you been up to?”
I’m not greedy, but there ain’t no place to retire to.
Hey Mr. Alan Greenspan, play along with me,
An’ my IRA will soar with boneheads followin’ you.
Take me to the room where you guys all
decide the rates,
With no public debates, you cast away our fates,
Waitin’ only for the networks to come fawnin,
The business cycle threatens me, you try to push and pull,
You feed us loads of bull, you really are just full.
Of it and most of us investors sit here yawnin'.
Rubin Carter, a motivational speaker
(Graphic above from Obamicon)
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March 20, 2009
Suppose you fall into a coma
Suppose you fall into a coma. You wake up in 15 years, with your memory and cognitive abilities intact. You hug your loved ones, you brush your teeth and then ... what would be the first thing you would like to know about the world?
March 17, 2009
20 miles above Earth for £56
… Next day morning (2.00 AM) was expected to ride Bujaraloz, people listed the release basically good for your situation. Feia un matí fred amb molta boira com podreu observar a les fotografies. Was a very cold morning mist as you can see the photos. Primerament vam començar a inflar el globus (un procés força llarg ja que vam utilitzar el 75% de la bombona gran d’heli d’Abelló-Linde).
First, we began to inflate the balloon (a very long process because we use 75% of the large cylinder of helium-Abelló Linde). Mentrestant, seguíem preparant: comprovar les cordes, col•locar totes les alimentacions, fer alguna petita prova inicial… Un cop inflat el globus i comprovat el seu free-lift (aprox. 1.5Kg) vam iniciar-nos a fer el muntatge definitiu. Meanwhile, we continued prepare: see the strings, put all the feeds, do a little test ...
Once the balloon inflated and checked their free-lift (approx 1.5Kg) we started to make us the final assembly. En aquests moments els nervis ja començaven a pujar força. At this time because the nerves were beginning to rise strongly. Acabat tot el procés, pels voltants de les 8.55 AM vam engegar la sonda Meteotek, deixant-la uns minuts de proves abans de llençar-la. Finish the whole process, from around 8:55 am we start the probe Meteotek, leaving the few minutes of testing before launching it. El compte enrere quedava cada vegada més aprop! The countdown was increasingly close! Comprovada la recepció de dades i el funcionament correcte de tots els dispositius, a les 9.10AM vam efectuar el llançament. Verified the receipt of data and proper operation of all devices, at 9.10AM we conducted the launch. Un moment històric! A historic moment! We quickly rose to the car and began one of the most intense: the follow-up. During the first few minutes the nerves were so high they tend to infinity faster than an exponential! Seemed that everything was going well: sensors marked the values provided, GPS positions reported valid, the increasing number of pictures correctly ...
It was not until 10.000m (a psychological barrier) that we take the calm and gaining confidence. La seguíem gairebé en paral•lel, i cal dir també que la simulació durant l’ascens semblava complir-se amb força precisió. The following, almost in parallel, and must say that the simulation during the ascent seemed to meet quite precisely. Van caldre algunes parades per reorientar l’antena o esperar a la sonda. They need some stops to reorient the antenna or wait for the probe.
Jordi Fanals Oriol, El tutor & his pupils
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March 16, 2009
You can see now?
There was a time when Chaplin was hailed as the greatest popular artist of the 20th century, and his films were known to everyone. Today, how many people watch them? Are they shown in schools? I think not
The Cab Ride I’ll Never Forget
It was a cowboy’s life, a life for someone who wanted no boss.
What I didn’t realize was that it was also a ministry.
Because I drove the night shift, my cab became a moving confessional. Passengers climbed in, sat behind me in total anonymity, and told me about their lives. I encountered people whose lives amazed me, ennobled me, and made me laugh and weep.
How the Cab Deiving story by Kent Nerburn got to float over the web
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Girls stuck in cars (Semi-NSFW)
Pontiac retrospective: Every year from 1948 to 1971
“Hope she was worth it” – Revenge cars
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First child born in Antarctica
The first Peanuts Comic, October 2, 1950
Emilio Marcos Palma, born on January 7, 1978 to Argentine parents at Esperanza, Hope Bay, the first child born in Antarctica. He is featured in the Guinness Book of Records as the only person in history known to be the first born on a continent. (From Darren Barefoot)
Un-related: The Periodic Table of the Elements, Standard Form
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By Wes Johnson
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Five million books, free for the asking
Thousands in scramble for free books after Amazon supplier abandons warehouse. The warehouse, whose lease recently ran out, once contained as many as five million books destined to be sold online.
A visit to Books For Cooks in Notting Hills, London, by a Swiss gastronom
Disappearing New York storefronts
Un-related: iPhone Sketches by Jorge Colombo
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The Last Keffiyeh Factory in Hebron
Faced with Israeli military checkpoints, the complexity of exporting goods from the West Bank and now competition from Chinese Keffiyeh manufacturers, the factory might not outlive its 76-year-old owner
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Mr. Madoff Goes To Jail
It's a sad state of affairs that there are people in the world who come to a point in their life where they think that the best thing they can do with their life is to strap a bunch of explosives to their torso and walk into a group of innocent civilians and blast them to smithereens. Most of the time, you just hear about it afterwards, but in this case, an (un)lucky photographer caught the blast in a series of photographs probably well before he or anyone at the religious procession knew what was going on. (From I heart chaos)
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Crack-heads and Prostitutes. These are pictures of crackheads in the alley behind my apartment. Go Seattle!
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I came to a fork in the wood…
“Want to get a drink with me this Friday?” - How many times does one ask a girl out?
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In April one seldom feels cheerful;
Dry stones, sun and dust make me fearful;
Clairvoyantes distress me,
Commuters depress me--
Met Stetson and gave him an earful.
Waste Land Limericks
From There once was a girl named Lenore, a long thread about "Famous Poems Rewritten as Limericks"
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A personal story of working during the maple syrup season in Vermont
Yogurt on toast, peanut butter on a pickle & other odd combinations
When the hive mind works, it's a beautiful thing. Slate is impressed with Ask MetaFilter
Updated Metafilter stats by Waxy. By User Growth and Top 20 lists. 11 of the top 20 most commented threads of all time are from last year, including six longer than #1142, an epic thread that ran for 2.5 years as a sub-community
(Pix source above)
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March 11, 2009
The untold story of how Friederich von Hayek caught inflation by the balls
This is a bull named ‘Inflation’ — named “Inflation” because the beast never stopped growing. There on the left is Nobel Prize winner Friedrich Hayek, who’s got Inflation by the balls. The picture was taken by Australian driller Ron Kitching after Mrs. Kitching objected to the idea of a picture of Hayek on top of Inflation. The picture was taken in 1976.
(From Taking Hayek Seriously)
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