Why obscure languages are more fun to learn. Teach yourself Abkhaz, Schw
MeFi Will See You Now... It feels like we are sitting in the MeFi waiting room, thumbing through old copies of Highlights and Newsweek. (Not to criticize the FPPs, which have been good.) How can we gather more members? And what else can we do to make MoFi its own thing?
Toast portraits This guy makes mosaic portraits of famous people using toast.
Anonymous confessions. "I just now figured out the Colonel Lingus skit from SNL. It just suddenly made sense to me, but I'd seen it months ago." This and other, mostly (but not all) sex-related confessions. (Via Fark.)
In other news , the Coalition Provisional Authority in Iraq (but of course) has just sacked 28,000 schoolteachers
Freeway blogging. One surefire way to make your voice heard: put your blog on the side of the road. Of course, this isn't always popular: in Scotts Valley, CA a pair put an anti-war banner on an overpass bridge after the Sept. 11 attacks. While the US flags and pro-America sentiments were allowed to remain, Caltrans removed Courtney and Brown's banner, claiming that it was more "distracting" than a flag. We can be thankful that Caltrans policies regarding this were overturned, so people can use this unusual but valuable medium.
From trees to buildings In the last few decades, the inventive Swiss architect Marcel Kalberer has perfected a method of "living architecture", using willow rods. (via amberglow)
Appeals court reinstates gun lawsuit - The 2-1 ruling by the San Francisco-based 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals reinstates a lawsuit filed against gun manufacturers and distributors whose weapons were used by a white supremacist from Western Washington who shot a Filipino-American postal worker to death and wounded five people at a Jewish day-care center in a 1999 Los Angeles-area rampage. more inside
"Hi, it's me, I've had a terrible car accident and I'm unexpectedly pregnant. Will you give me money?" Despite the fact that I'm a complete stranger, that is.
chlorophyll as a photographic medium "...the idea of actually using the green pigment of chlorophyll to make extraordinary photographic images in grass..."
I was stalked at Amazon.com - Author Allison Burnett had her Amazon.com ratings tampered with by a personal enemy or an unsympathetic reader. The result, along with a lot of personal anxiety, was a tangible drop in her rank and sales. Given the very real possibility of reputation and financial damage, should Amazon put tighter controls on comments and ranking or is this just sour grapes? more inside
Emotional jewellery 'Moi, a PhD student at the Royal College of Art, London, has over the last four years developed prototype jewellery that does not merely exist beautifully on the body. It also interacts dynamically with the wearer by indicating emotional changes in the wearer's mind.' (via Beverly Tang)
Guess the gender! Those crazy Europeans and their gender-specific languages! If a native English speaker was confronted with, say, a pair of scissors, what gender would we assign them? See if you're with the majority.
Got 'arf a quid, darlin'? American woman has a stroke, wakes up English. Explains everything, doesn't it? I knew there had to be a reason the English played such brain-dead rugby...
Stephen King wins National Book Award for Lifetime Acheivement. Previous winners include Saul Bellow, Eudora Welty, Arthur Miller, Phillip Roth. Should King's work fall under the same category as writings by these authors? (I realize this information was released in Sept. but I just heard about it this morning on NPR.)
Northwestern University hate crime never happened Xander Saide reported to police he was held at knifepoint by an attacker who used a racial slur. Other incidents on campus were reported this year, so a student rally was held last week. On Monday, Saide was arrested for filing a false police report. University officials and police say the communications major confessed to lying about the attack to "initiate dialogue about race relations." (via TMN)
This story made my eyes water. Now you too can exercise those ducts. Bonus! Clears blocked sinuses!
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