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October 27, 2004

"F--- everyone in the universe to death." A guide to the Chinese phrases used in Firefly. (via Whedonesque.)
Dylan Thomas's Ninetieth Birthday Poem in October was written on the occasion of his 30th birthday and Wood_s_lot currently has a link to some wonderful recordings of Thomas reading his work.
Dwarf hominid lived in Indonesia just 18,000 years ago. A new human-like species - a dwarfed relative who lived just 18,000 years ago in the company of pygmy elephants and giant lizards - has been discovered in Indonesia. more inside
Care to try your hand at a caption for this pic?
Hobbits and dragons and elephants, oh my! "The skeleton was found in the same sediment deposits on Flores that have also been found to contain stone tools and the bones of dwarf elephants, giant rodents, and Komodo dragons." - a newish species of hominid found in the fossil record.
Shotgun. Haven't had a car in awhile, but this really brought back some memories... more inside
Romanesco - The Fibonacci Vegetable
Photos and MP3 A delight for the ears. A feast for the eyes. Though it’s no bigger than a pack of playing cards and weighs in at just over 6 ounces, iPod Photo delivers a one-two sensory punch. Letting you carry an entire library of your favorite music — up to 15,000 songs — or enough photos — as many as 25,000 — to fill nearly 200 slide trays or cover nearly 5,000 square feet of wall space. Got a really big den? more inside
The hellacious terribleness of monkeys "...monkeys may pull down drapes, shred cloth, chew wood, spill drinks, steal food, take possession of articles and refuse to return them*, damage house plants, torment other household pets, soil or stain furniture, tip chairs, break knickknacks, ink pens or dishes, tear books and papers, get into cleaning fluids or baking ingredients, open drawers, cabinets, unlock or open inside and outside house doors, open refrigerators and windows, remove window screens, open baby proof latches and lids, break glass, push large pieces of furniture over, urinate into television sets or other electronic equipment ect." * reason why monkeys are prohibited by law from working in high-end auction houses or jewelry stores.
Voat Goat! [8.39M QT movie]
Curious George: NJ Meet-up Fever! New Jersey MeFi/MoFi Meet-up invitation for Saturday, November 6, 2004. [MI]
This FPP intentionally left blank more inside
The Institute of Failure Two candidates for the boring thread ('Pedestrian Errors' and 'Private Lives, Public Disposal'), but the rest is rather interesting...?
Just add two Monkeyfilter obsessions and simmer. Whilst searching for boring stuff, I came across this and thought it might be worthy (in a very small way) of an FPP. It's not very good, or interesting, or well-coded even, but it does combine a couple of our collective obsessions rather nicely. more inside
Rather than try to post something interesting, I have decided to post something boring. This got me thinking. In all of the internet, what could the most boring webpage possibly be? Let's all work together to find the most mind-numbingly uninteresting material on the web, and then make out because as that other post proved we got some hot girls here. more inside
Behind the Scenes at Google [WMV]. University of Washington has made available a 60min video of a speech that Googler Jeff Dean gave on October 21, 2004. He talks a lot about scaling, Google infrastructure, as well as how Google finds words related to the words you type. A really good lecture even for us jaded Google enthusiasts who think we know it all.
Curious George: So while watching the exciting ending of the baseball season, I started to notice multiple shots of fans in the crowd with their baseball caps on inside out and backwards. So, um, why?
User #1: "Mofi rules! Mefi drools!" Feel the luv. That man has some class.
Bill O'Reilly will get his comeuppance. Or some falafel. Hopefully lots of both. But first, falafel. more inside
Genetically engineered poodle kitties You can now own your very own genetically engineered, allergy-free pussycat. No more, "I love them, but I can't get near them."