Awesome Online Archives, Reference Materials and Free Courses – Art, Music, Science and More

HealthBase Is The Ultimate Medical Content Search Engine – TechCrunch 9/2/09

Calculator calculator calculator calculator calculator – via Metafilter 7/25/09

All the calculators you ever needed

Hiking and Biking Trails Wiki – Sierra Club

How-to Videos and Wikis – via Metafilter 5/26/09

Data.gov – a new toy for data geeks, librarians, and transparency advocates everywhere – Metafilter 5/21/09

Constellations of Words:Explore the Etymology and Symbolism of the Constellations – via Metafilter 2/25/09

Recipe Puppy Chooses Meals Based on the Ingredients You Have [Recipes] – LifeHacker 4/21/09

Don’t lecture me! Oh, wait, I mean DO lecture me – via Metafilter 2/25/09

Academic Earth has videos of “thousands” of lectures from professors at Ivy League and other top universities.

Online courses on Western history – Metafilter 11/23/09

Videos of university courses – via Metafilter 2/4/09

Academic Earth collects lectures on a wide variety of subjects from UC Berkely, Harvard, MIT, Princeton, Stanford and Yale that the universities have released under Creative Commons. The site is still in beta so it doesn’t quite have the thousands of lectures its frontpage promises. It has many full courses, for example Benjamin Polak teaching game theory, Amy Hungerford on the American novel since 1945, Charles Bailyn’s introduction to astrophysics, John Merriman on the history of France since 1871, Shelly Kagan on death and Oussama Khatib’s introduction to robotics.

MathTV is a real problem solver for many. It is also found on YouTube, and is free. Here is some background. – via Metafilter 3/25/09

How to Think About Science – Metafilter 11/30/09

“Modern societies have tended to take science for granted as a way of knowing, ordering and controlling the world. Everything was subject to science, but science itself largely escaped scrutiny. This situation has changed dramatically in recent years. Historians, sociologists, philosophers and sometimes scientists themselves have begun to ask fundamental questions about how the institution of science is structured and how it knows what it knows.” How to Think About Science is a 24-part series from CBC Radio’s Ideas, featuring interviews with Steven Shapin, Ian Hacking, Bruno Latour, and others. The streaming audio links on the show’s website seem to be out of commission, but direct links to all of the episodes can be found here.

The Philoctetes Center for the Multidisciplinary Study of Imagination – via Metafilter 2/22/09

The Philoctetes Center for the Multidisciplinary Study of Imagination was established to promote an integrated, interdisciplinary approach to the understanding of creativity and the imaginative process.” To this end they hold regular roundtable discussions, streaming videos of which are available online.

PhilSci Archive – via Metafilter 4/7/09

The PhilSci Archive is an electronic archive for preprints in the philosophy of science. The goal of the Archive is to promote communication in the field by the rapid dissemination of new work.

Major German Idealists – via Metafilter 3/13/09

Selected Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society – via Metafilter 11/30/09

To celebrate the start of its 350th year, the Royal Society has put online 60 of its most memorable scientific papers.
The Royal Society’s head of archives, Keith Moore, talks about some of them in an audio slideshow.

The papers (warning – they’re all PDFs) include:

Isaac Newton’s New Theory on Light And Colors. (1672)

Antonie van Leeuwenhoek‘s observations of Little Animals in Rainwater. (1677)

The Electrical Kite of Benjamin Franklin. (1752)

Thomas Young‘s Wave theory of light. (1802)

Hans Geiger and Ernest Marsden’s gold foil experiment which led to the nuclear model of the atom. (1909)

Visual review of art history – Metafilter 3/25/09

Are you looking to review your art history knowledge but find google too chaotic, and Prof. Christopher L. C. E. Witcombe’s site is overwhelming and has a few too many dead links? Maybe wikipedia lacks the visuals you associate with an art history…

Are you looking to review your art history knowledge but find google too chaotic, and Prof. Christopher L. C. E. Witcombe’s site is overwhelming and has a few too many dead links? Maybe wikipedia lacks the visuals you associate with an art history review, and Art cyclopedia could be a bit more straight-forward? Then The Art Browser might be the thing for you. The site combines brief descriptions of movements and artists from wikipedia, classifications from Art cyclopedia, and large images from Art.com for compact visual overview of art history

BBC to put every publicly owned oil painting online – Guardian, UK 1/28/09

You say poe-TAY-toe. – via Metafilter 8/5/09

Forvo: All the words in the world, pronounced by native speakers. At the time of this post, the tally stands at: 327,492 words; 239,165 pronunciations; in 220 languages; with 25,040 users submitting.

I’m Not Hanging Noodles on Your Ears and Other Intriguing Idioms From Around the World – Boing Boing 7/13/09

10 Things You Need to Know to Live on the Streets – Alternet 7/28/09

Google Maps Shows Local Webcams [Webcams] – LifeHacker 4/17/09

20 Fascinating Ancient Maps – Free.edu

More awesome maps here

3D Mapping – Metafilter 7/24/09

With topics that include: 3D end-to-end tour of the Grand Canyon, the origin and formation of the Colorado River, and examples of river systems that cut through mountain ranges instead of taking easier routes around them in Ancestral Rivers of the World.
But if geology and 3D mapping isn’t your thing, Bill also entertains and informs with his evaluations of creationism and religious cultists, an energy/oil analysis, gaming probability analysis, graph and number theories and applied mathematics.

“The Categorical Dictionary of the Sciences, Arts and Industries” – Metafilter 9/1/09

The University of Michigan’s collaborative translation of Diderot and d’Alembert’s Encylopédie has completed some 650 selections from the Enlightenment keystone, including articles on California, vanilla, werewolves, the English language, beauty, and the complete structure of human knowledge. The project has an open call for translators to help with the 74,000 remaining articles. 

Street Gang: The Complete History of Sesame Street – BoingBoing 2/13/09

The entire Harper’s Index – via Metafilter 2/19/09

NSA Oral Histories – The Memory Hole 2/19/09

The National Security Agency has recently declassified and posted lengthy, formerly Top Secret oral history interviews with four of its most prominent personnel: Arthur J. Levenson, Dr. Solomon Kullback, Oliver R. Kirby, and Benson K. Buffham.

Geek Atlas: 128 nerdy must-sees and an education in science, technology and geek history – BoingBoing 7/23/09

Introducing the Atlas Obscura – BoingBoing 6/15/09

The Atlas is a collaborative project whose purpose is to catalog all of the “wondrous, curious, and esoteric places” that get left out of traditional travel guidebooks and are ignored by the average tourist.

Anyone can enter new places into the Atlas Obscura, or edit content that someone else has already contributed. We’re counting on you, Boing Boing readers, to help us fill out the map and document all of the world’s wonders and curiosities!

What kind of places are we talking about? Here are a few that were recently added to the Atlas:

– A hidden spot in the Smoky Mountains where you can find fireflies that blink in unison

-A 70-year-old house made entirely out of paper

– A giant hole in the middle of the Turkmenistan desert that’s been burning for four decades

– A Czech church built of bones

– The world’s largest Tesla coil

– A museum filled with the genitals of every known mammal in Iceland

Free online archive of vintage TV commercials – BoingBoing 7/27/09

Know Your Mushrooms documentary – BoingBoing 7/16/09

Statistics by zipcode. – via Metafilter 6/23/09

NeighborhoodScout collects information on neighborhoods in the United States. Using data from local law enforcement agencies, it has compiled a list of the 25 most dangerous neighborhoods in the country.

Downloads in All Major – via Metafilter 3/9/09

Classical Music at the European Archive. Free and legal lossless downloads of out-of-copyright recordings. Formats include WAV, FLAC, MP3 & Ogg.

British Library’s world music archive goes online for free – via Metafilter 9/4/09 

Mountain Bluegrass – via Metafilter 3/8/09

Music in the Digital Library of Appalachia provides an unprecedented resource for study of repertoire, technique, lore, and the musical interchanges among the region’s traditional musicians. Once you know what you like, it’s easy to find the music live with Blue Ridge Music Trails. Meet musicians who have grown up with that music, visit settings in which Blue Ridge folk music thrives, see traditional dancing, and in many cases, take part in the festivities. The Crooked Road, Virginia’s Heritage Music Trail, winds through the mountains of Southwest Virginia. Along the trail, the Bluegrass, Old Time, and Traditional Country music is as beautiful and rugged as the landscape itself.

Revival Revival – via Metafilter 2/16/09

The Folkways Collection is a downloadable, 24-part podcast series that “explores the remarkable collection of music, spoken word, and sound recordings that make up Folkways Records (now at the Smithsonian as Smithsonian Folkways Recordings).”

The Anthology, notated. – via Metafilter 2/12/09

“With this blog, I want to use the Folkways Anthology as a roadmap to explore American folk music and maybe other countries traditions along the way. I’ll use texts, images, music and videos gathered from my personal collection and from the net to…

“With this blog, I want to use the Folkways Anthology as a roadmap to explore American folk music and maybe other countries traditions along the way. I’ll use texts, images, music and videos gathered from my personal collection and from the net to make this work-in-progress enjoyable and educational the best I can.” (via)

Random Interesting TV, Music, Art and Literature Links
November 7, 2009, 7:01 am
Filed under: art, interesting, Miscellaneous, music, random, Uncategorized, video

One hundred and one Muppets – via Metafilter 7/14/09

Shockingly violent coffee commercials starring Muppets – Boing Boing 6/17/09

Surprising stories behind 20 Muppet characters. – via Metafilter 2/11/09

Example: “Miss Piggy is apparently from Iowa”.

Muppet Bloopers – Metafilter 11/6/09

The Giving Tree – via Metafilter 3/19/09

The Giving Tree (1973), animated short based on Shel Silverstein’s 1964 children’s story and narrated by the author.
Once you’re done crying, here are a few related links:

The Giving Tree: A Symposium (a collection of thoughts on the story by some American religion scholars.)

The Misgiving Tree (a parody)

A couple of parody videos: “The Really, Really Giving Tree” and “The Taking Boy”

Jazzy covers of Mister Rogers’ songs – BoingBoing 4/6/09

Folk Music from 1947 – via Metafilter 5/23/09

To Hear Your Banjo Play is a documentary by Alan Lomax from 1947. It is narrated by Pete Seeger and features Woody Guthrie, Sonny Terry, and Brownie McGhee among others.

“Mighty Uke” trailer – via BoingBoing 5/23/09

Mighty Uke is a feature documentary that travels the world to discover why so many people of different nations, cultures, ages and musical tastes are turning to the ukulele to express themselves, connect with the past, and with each other. From the Redwoods of California through the gritty streets of New York, from swinging London through Tokyos highrise canyons to Hawaii, ukers tell the story of the peoples instrument: The Mighty Uke.”

Visual review of art history – Metafilter 3/25/09

Are you looking to review your art history knowledge but find google too chaotic, and Prof. Christopher L. C. E. Witcombe’s site is overwhelming and has a few too many dead links? Maybe wikipedia lacks the visuals you associate with an art history…

Are you looking to review your art history knowledge but find google too chaotic, and Prof. Christopher L. C. E. Witcombe’s site is overwhelming and has a few too many dead links? Maybe wikipedia lacks the visuals you associate with an art history review, and Art cyclopedia could be a bit more straight-forward? Then The Art Browser might be the thing for you. The site combines brief descriptions of movements and artists from wikipedia, classifications from Art cyclopedia, and large images from Art.com for compact visual overview of art history

Contemporary photographers of Detroit – BoingBoing 8/1/09

Color photographs from early 1900s Russia – via Metafilter 6/18/09

“Exactly one hundred years ago a Russian photographer, began a remarkable project. With the blessing – and funding – of the Tsar, Nicholas II, he embarked on an extraordinary journey to capture the essence of Russia in full color photographs.”
More photos from the collection.

Abandoned Creations – Metafilter 5/16/09

Artificial Owl is a blog about about decommissioned/abandoned modern structures, from beautiful shipwrecks to abandoned factories that look like they’re straight out of a Miyazaki movie.

2008: Year in Review, and a look ahead

Top 25 Censored Stories for 2009 – Project Censored.org

Change, but at what price? The environmental year in review – Guardian, UK 12/18/08

Top Ten Myths about Iraq, 2008  – JuanCole 12/26/08

Top Top Top Ten 2008 – Metafilter 12/27/08

The 10 Most Popular Stories of 2008  – Alternet 12/27/08

Top 10 political scoops of 2008 – Raw Story 12/26/08

The top ten media blunders of 2008 – Politico 12/22/08

The year 2008 in photographs (part 1 of 3) – Big Picture blog / Boston Globe 12/17/08

Announcing the 2008 P.U.-litzer Prizes – Alternet 12/30/08

The 10 Greediest People of 2008 – Alternet 12/23/08

Robert Weissman : The 10 Worst Corporations of 2008 – CounterPunch 12/29/08

Top 10 political upsets of 2008 – Politico 12/29/08

HuffPo’s Top 10 You Tube clips of 2008 – Raw Story 12/27/08

Top Technology Breakthroughs of 2008 – Wired 12/25/08

2008 Passages: Lives lost this year – USA Today 12/25/08

2008 marks the end for VHS tapes – Raw Story 12/27/08

China’s momentous 2008: the year in video – Guardian, UK 12/25/08

TOP TEN ANIMAL FINDS: Most Read of 2008 – National Geographic 12/23/08

TOP TEN SPACE PHOTOS: Most Viewed of 2008 – National Geographic 12/22/08

TOP TEN DINOSAUR & FOSSIL FINDS: Most Read of 2008 – National Geographic 12/18/08

Bizarre prehistoric creatures–sea monsters, gargantuan rodents, a redheaded Neanderthal–are among the stars of the most read stories on dinosaurs and fossils

TOP TEN ARCHAEOLOGY FINDS: Most Read of 2008  – National Geographic 12/18/08

Lost cities, baffling pyramids, and ancient graveyards are just some of the mysteries covered in National Geographic News’s most viewed archaeology stories of 2008.

The 10 best indie movies of 2008 – Salon 12/27/08

Leading journal names the top 10 scientific breakthroughs of 2008 – Guardian, UK 12/18/08

The Year’s Scene-Stealers  – Forbes 12/17/08

It took a lot to grab the spotlight in 2008, but these 10 people, events and trends managed to do just that. 

Seven Things I Learned from Pop Culture in 2008 – Alternet 12/23/08

Business year in review: A-Z of 2008 – Guardian, UK 12/22/08

2008’s Best Pictures – MotherJones 12/29/08

10 biggest green tech wins of 2008 – CNN 12/29/08

21 Dumbest Moments in Business – CNN 12/29/08

AlterNet’s Top 10 Hottest Videos of 2008 – Alternet 12/29/08

Top health stories of ’08: Stress, drugs and chemical lows – USA Today 12/26/08

The Top Ten Comedic News Stories of 2008 – The Progressive 12/30/08

The Top 10 Health Breakthroughs of 2008 – Natural News 12/30/08

2008: Gone in Forty Seconds – Treehugger 12/30/08

The year in 40 seconds

Top 10 righty blogger stories of 2008 – Raw Story 12/30/08

25% of Retailers May Go Bankrupt  in 2009 – ClusterStock 12/27/08

The 10 Most Awesomely Bad Moments of the Bush Presidency  – Alternet 7/1/08

A shorter version of our long national nightmare.

America’s New Year Resolution: Stop Being Stupid – Alternet 12/29/08

We have behaved in ways that were incredibly and embarrassingly stupid for much too long. It’s time to stop the self-destruction.

What 2009 holds – BBC 12/29/08

2009: Imaginary retrospective – Raw Story 12/28/08

Financial Times looks ‘back’ at the ‘Great Repression.’


UPDATE 1/2/09

2008’s Best Progressive Films/ Filmmakers – The Progressive 12/31/08

Top 10 Cryptozoology Stories of 2008 – BoingBoing 12/31/08

Most-read of 2008 – BBC 12/31/08

The top 10 weirdest moments of 2008 – Politico 1/1/09

The Ten AlterNet Stories from 2008 That Outraged Readers the Most – Alternet 12/31/08

Timothy Garton Ash: 2009 brings hard choices over the future of capitalism – Guardian, UK 12/31/08

Either a large part of humankind has to be excluded from the happy benefits of growth or our way of life has to change

Awesome Internet Finds: Art, Books, Music, TV & Movies
December 6, 2008, 5:40 pm
Filed under: interesting, Miscellaneous, music, random, Uncategorized, video

Europa Film Treasures – BoingBoing 11/18/08


LIFE and Google bring us 10 million historic images – Boing Boing 11/19/08


Rocky loses the fight, Rocky wins the fight, Rocky loses the fight but also wins a fight – Metafilter 11/20/08

100 Movie Spoilers in 5 Minutes.


The Archive of American Television – Metafilter 11/12/08

The Archive of American Television “produces extensive video oral history interviews with television legends of all professions and makes them available online.


Needs. More. Cowbell. – Metafilter 9/10/08

Morecowbell takes any MP3 file and adds synchronized cowbell along with random Christopher Walken clips. 


Trumpeteer Videos – Metafilter 9/26/08

Trumpet Kings is a blog dedicated to videos of trumpeteers, mostly jazz but there are a few classical ones. On the companion youtube channel there are 184 videos  


It’s such a good feeling to know you’re alive. – via Metafilter 2/2/08

Fred Rogers wrote two hundred songs during his career. Here are fourteen of them, accompanied by the amazing Johnny Costa.


Video of Big Bird singing at Jim Henson’s funeral – BoingBoing 10/22/08


Little Shop Of Horrors Alternate Ending – Metafilter 11/10/08


Everyone gather ’round the piano! – Metafilter 10/10/08

Snoop Doggy Dogg and The Dogg Pound freestyling over Dre playing the piano.


The young Dylan on TV – Metafilter 10/4/08


Michael Moores latest film free online, ‘Slacker Uprising’ – Metafilter 9/23/08

The Typewriter Tape – Metafilter 11/13/08

On June 25, 1964, Janis Joplin visited Jorma Kaukonen at his home in San Francisco. Accompanied by Jorma’s wife on typewriter, they recorded six songs.


The Weather Underground documentary film – via Metafilter 6/23/08


Reverse Grafitti in San Francisco: Dirty Art – Treehugger 6/13/08

The Reverse Grafitti Project in San Francisco is creating environmental art by cleaning up dirt and grime from walls. In the video above, you can see them making a 140 feet long mural in the Broadway tunnel. It shows native species of native plants that would be living in the area of that tunnel if it wasn’t currently the city’s downtown.


Eat, for this is my body – Salon 10/23/08

In the amazing new film “Stranded,” survivors of the legendary 1972 Andes plane crash talk about the moral and spiritual implications of eating their friends.


Fifty People, One Question – Metafilter 9/16/08

New Orleans filmmaker Benjamin Reece asks fifty New Orlean’s residents a single question: “If you could wish for one thing to happen by the end of the day, what would it be?”.


ABC3D: the best pop-up book in the world – BoingBoing 5/31/08


Banksy’s Village Pet Store and Charcoal Grill – Metafilter 10/9/08

Prankster artist Banksy opened the Village Pet Store and Charcoal Grill on New York City’s 7th Avenue between West 4th and Bleeker Street. The shop is stocked with an animatronic-powered menagerie teeming with the likes of McDonald’s Chicken McNuggets drinking barbecue sauce, a CCTV camera and its offspring, a bunny at a vanity, and other faux furry friends.


Time Management for Anarchists — the free comic – BoingBoing 10/24/08


Chinese political cartoon art, 1958-60. – BoingBoing 8/29/08

Comic strips translated into Middle English. – Metafilter 9/23/08 

Liquid Awesome – Metafilter 9/3/08

The ferrofluid art of Sachiko Kodama

9/11/01 – Update on the Ongoing Investigations and Discoveries


9/11 Myth Huggers: 7 Years of Ignoring the Evidence  – TVNewsLies

Newly released FBI timeline contradicts official 9/11 Commission report – Raw Story 2/28/08

25 Intolerable Contradictions: The Final Undoing of the Official 9/11 Story – Global Research 3/17/08 







Former Head Of Star Wars Program Says Cheney Main 9/11 Suspect – Propaganda Matrix 4/4/06

The Lies and Crimes of 911: – Global Research 9/7/08

The New Pearl Harbor Revisited: 9/11, the Cover-Up, and the Exposé  – Global Research 9/9/08

Landmark Russian TV Debate on 9/11 – Global Research 9/9/08

Navy Prosecutor In Gitmo Case: “If they hadn’t shot down the fourth plane it would’ve hit the dome” – InfoWars 7/23/08


Why was the Flight 93 debris field 8 miles wide? – Flight93Crash.com

USA Military Officers Challenge Official Account of September 11 – Daily Pakistan 5/22/08

Statement of Lt. Col. Shelton F. Lankford, US Marine Corps (ret) – PatriotsQuestion911 2/20/07  

Flight 93 Wreckage Under Armed Guard Buried Deep Inside Iron Mountain  – PrisonPlanet 5/31/07 

Destruction of Evidence from Ground Zero at the World Trade Center – SourceWatch

FBI Thought Bombs Brought Down Towers On 9/11 – Propaganda Matrix 10/1/07

Witness discusses explosions in WTC-7 BEFORE collapse of twin towers: New video – via MParent 6/23/08

Emergency Coordinator Barry Jennings gives his explosive account from inside WTC7 hours before its collapse on 9/11.

Leaked NIST Docs: “Unusual” Event Before Collapse Of WTC 7 – via MParent 6/25/08

Unexplained “jet of flames” shot out of window before implosion of skyscraper

9/11 Commissioner: ‘We had to go through Karl Rove’ – Raw Story 2/3/08

Admissions from the people who wrote the 9/11 Commission Report that it was compromised – via MParent 6/23/08

“We were set up to fail”.
“The chief obstacle was the White House, which argued that the congressional inquiry was continuing, and that an independent investigation would distract the government from waging the ongoing war on terrorism” .
“The two sides decided to split the difference, allowing eighteen months for the inquiry—a period of time that proved insufficient” .
“The White House also suggested some candidates for executive director for our staff. The importance of this position cannot be overstated”. 

Video: New evidence about 9/11  – Global Research 6/15/08

VIDEO: 9/11’s a lie – Global Research 6/13/08

Reported Cell Phone Calls from the 9/11 Planes – Global Research 9/7/07

Tape: CIA official says 9/11 doc likely from Cheney Story 8/8/08

The First Fifteen Minutes of September 11th: Former Air Traffic Controller Robin Hordon speaks out on 9/11, NORAD and what should have happened on 9/11. -Community Currency

9/11 families worry that Gitmo trials will be ‘tainted’ – Raw Story 2/13/08

Report: Netanyahu says 9/11 terror attacks good for Israel – Haaretz, Israel 4/16/08

“We are benefiting from one thing, and that is the attack on the Twin Towers and Pentagon, and the American struggle in Iraq,” Ma’ariv quoted the former prime minister as saying. He reportedly added that these events “swung American public opinion in our favor.”

If Cheney & Co. Had Really Plotted the 9/11 Attacks … – Alternet 5/19/08

George Carlin was asked what he thinks about the 9/11 conspiracy theories. Here is his answer – via MParent 6/24/08

Ex-Bush Official’s Firm Slow To Treat 9/11 Workers – via MParent 9/8/08

9/11; Response to a Financial Times Report regarding 9/11: “fails to deal with the evidence”  – Global Research 6/11/08

A matter of truth – BBC 7/4/08

Tower 7 and the evolution of a conspiracy theory

Firm to pay $12.5m in 9/11 e-mail lie – Raw Story 9/27/07

Morgan Stanley (MS.N) will pay $12.5 million to resolve charges that it failed to produce e-mails in arbitration cases and falsely claimed the e-mails were lost in the September 11, 2001, attacks.

My Lai, Zapruder and 9/11 – via MParent 8/14/08

Maimed on 9/11, Trying to Be Whole Again – NYTimes 9/10/08

Transcript: Alex Jones Interviews Col. Donn de Grand-Pre, U.S. Army (ret.): Explosive New 9/11 Revelations and Explanations 

Ted Olson’s Lies on 9-11 Calls from Wife Barbara  – ConspiracyPlanet

MORE ABOUT: The Search for the Truth About 9/11/01

Miscellanea: How-To and Media, Japanese humor, Contagious Cancer, early George Carlin and more
August 29, 2008, 6:25 am
Filed under: astronomy, interesting, Miscellaneous, music, physics, random, reference, science, Uncategorized, video

WonderHowTo.com – a directory of how-to videos – BoingBoing 1/30/08


Clean Any Surface in Your House [How To]  – LifeHacker 8/24/08


FreeCulture TV and Yes We’re Open: Two new free and open Internet TV channels – BoingBoing 7/26/08


THIS LOOKS HANDY: How to Open Locks with Improvised Tools…. – InstaPundit 3/12/08


How to Use Herbs Safely and Effectively – Natural News 8/11/08

Yobler. A video repository and community for instructional learning.

Also includes still developing audio and article directories. – via Metafilter 8/9/08

Science Hack is a unique search engine for science videos focusing on Physics, Chemistry, and Space. –via Metafilter 8/7/08  

The Times Machine – via Metafilter 2/25/08

The Times Machine allows easy browsing of every edition from 70 years (1851-1922) worth of New York Times in the original format.


Physics milestones of the past 50 years – via Metafilter 2/27/08


The Contextuality of Quantum Theory in Ten Minutes [The Quantum Pontiff] – Science Blogs 1/17/08


Robert Jensen : Technological Fundamentalism – CounterPunch 8/25/08


Tiny Galaxies Shed New Light on Dark Matter – Nat’l Geographic 8/26/08

Perhaps the world’s most ambitious nanotech project is underway at Hewlett-Packard. Stan Williams’ lab aims to build ‘a central nervous system for the earth.’ – CNN 7/18/08   

The Manhattan Project Poll on the Use of Atomic Weapons, July 1945. – BoingBoing 8/6/08


National Geographic Map of the Day – via Metafilter 8/15/08


Masterpieces of early photography – via Metafilter 8/15/08


George Carlin, 1957 – 1970. – via Metafilter 8/17/08


John Curran posts Great Diagrams in Anthropology, Linguistics, and Social Theory – via Metafilter 8/21/08


Thomas Jefferson Papers – via Metafilter 8/22/08


Portal to Maya Underworld Found in Mexico? – Nat’l Geographic 8/21/08


Stanley Kubrick’s Boxes: is it possible to get to understand such a man – and his extraordinary working methods – by looking through the hundreds of boxes he left behind? – via Metafilter 8/2/08

Cool demographic data by zip code – via Metafilter 5/10/08

Your Tired, Your Poor, Your Huddled Masses – via Metafilter 8/20/08

“A People’s History for the Classroom is a high school history lesson plan/workbook based on Howard Zinn’s A People’s History of the United States. The entire 124-page workbook available for free as a downloadable PDF”


Nine AMAZING bridges – via Metafilter 8/27/08


with many more links to interesting bridges in the comments


Ancient Urban Network Mapped in Amazon Forests – Nat’l Geographic 8/27/08


Kimya Dawson’s “Alphabutt” — weird, jangly, hilarious awesome music for kids – BoingBoing 8/26/08

Anti-folk icon Kimya Dawson’s latest album is Alphabutt, a collection of hilarious, catchy, scatological kids’ music that’s sure to delight parents who are weary of treacly children’s songs.


The ultimate Japanese Shakespeare spaghetti western! – Salon 8/28/08

Takashi Miike’s “Sukiyaki Western Django” offers a spectacular mashup of Kurosawa, Sergio Leone, Tarantino and the Bard — and it’s weirder than that sounds.


A quick and dirty Japanese humor tutorial – BoingBoing 8/27/08


How Governmental Vaccine Policies Made Cancer Contagious – NaturalNews 8/27/08


Militarism and a Uni-polar World – Global Research 8/26/08


We drive as we live – Salon 8/27/08

No wonder traffic will never improve. We are doomed by our behavior, as a drive in New York with “Traffic” author Tom Vanderbilt reveals.


Animated Short Movies – via Metafilter 3/4/08 

More reasons not to vote for McCain: his personal character, his traitorous behavior in Vietnam, and of course his positions on the issues and fascist tendencies

Related 7/26/08: ‘Songbird’ McCain: The evidence – in his own words, his fellow veterans, and his captors


McCain has missed the most votes of any senator – Salon 6/25/08

EXCERPT: “How often has John McCain been away from the Senate? Well, let’s put it this way: At this point, he has missed more votes than even South Dakota Democrat Tim Johnson, who couldn’t work for almost a year after suffering a brain hemorrhage in late 2006. I see today, from Think Progress, that McCain took over the dubious distinction of being the Senate’s most absent member in April of this year, and that CQ Politics says he hasn’t voted since April 8. According to the Washington Post, McCain has missed 367 votes during the 110th Congress, 61.4 percent of those held. Johnson has missed 311 votes, 52 percent of the total. In third place is Barack Obama, who has missed 259 votes — 43.3 percent. Not surprisingly, the next four most absent senators (Hillary Clinton, Joe Biden, Chris Dodd and Sam Brownback) also ran for president this year.”


John McCain – 61 Flip-flops and Counting – Alternet 7/10/08

EXCERPT: “Editor’s Note: Writer Steve Benen has graciously compiled a comprehensive tally of John McCain’s flip-flops on issues ranging from national security to energy. The following is Benen’s list of 61 clear 180-degree switches by McCain on the biggest issues of the day.”


McCain talks of his decision to not be released from POW camp – Politico 6/25/08


Gore Vidal on McCain – NYTimes 6/15/08

“And what about Mr. McCain?
Disaster. Who started this rumor that he was a war hero? Where does that come from, aside from himself? About his suffering in the prison war camp?
Everyone knows he was a prisoner of war in North Vietnam.
That’s what he tells us.
Why would you doubt him?
He’s a graduate of Annapolis. I know a lot of the Annapolis breed. Remember, I’m West Point, where I was born. My father went there.
So what does that have to do with the U.S. Naval Academy down in Annapolis?
The service universities keep track of each other, that’s all. They have views about each other. And they are very aware of social class and eventually money, since they usually marry it.”


When John McCain Was My Captive” – BBC 6/23/08

EXCERPT: “I don’t know how he’d react if he met me again,” said Mr Duyet, flicking through old black and white photographs of himself and his American prisoners at Hoa Lo. “But I can confirm to you that we never tortured him. We never tortured any prisoners.” So is Mr Duyet implying that that Senator McCain lied about his treatment at the Hanoi Hilton? “He did not tell the truth,” he says. “But I can somehow sympathise with him. He lies to American voters in order to get their support for his presidential election.”


John McCain: War Hero or North Vietnam’s Go-To Collaborator? – CounterPunch 6/15/08


“Hero” John McCain as Phony and Collaborator: What Really Happened When He Was a POW? – Alexander Cockburn on Counter Punch 4/20/08


100+ Reasons to NOT vote for McCain – KSKirby blog


GOP ‘Gang of 14’ Won’t Endorse McCain – The Hill 6/11/08


Democratic National Committee: John McCain’s Top 10 Misstatements and Outright Deceptions – PRNewswire / BizJournals 5/28/08


McCain’s History of Blow-ups: Top Ten – Eyes on Obama 6/10/08


McCain Predicts ‘Underdog’ Win in Final 48 Hours – Fox ‘News’ 6/27/08


McCain Nomination: A Possible September Surprise? – Global Research 7/11/08


When McCain Drops Out – Huffington Post via Yahoo 6/15/08


McCain’s Long History Of Opposing Habeas Corpus – Think Progress 6/12/08


The wife John McCain callously left behind – Daily Mail, UK 6/8/08

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Should We Care About the First Mrs. McCain? – Mother Jones 6/10/08


John McCain’s First Wife Gives Interview: “I Have No Bitterness” – US Magazine 6/9/08


2 minute Video: Big Oil Fuels the ‘Straight Talk Express’ – TheRealMcCain.com


McCain: Habeas Corpus a Privilege not a Right – PrisonPlanet 6/14/08


John McCain’s Chilling Project for America – TruthDog 6/12/08


McCain’s Secret, Questionable Record – Huffington Post 6/16/08


10 Things to Know about top McCain advisor Charlie Black – Pensito Review 6/27/08


McCain on Whether Cheney Could Serve in His Administration: “Hell, Yeah” – MotherJones 6/11/08


Newest McCain official: President has “near dictatorial powers” – Salon 6/2/08


The Secret Friendship of Hillary Clinton and John McCain – LA Times 6/11/08


McCain’s Health Care Plan for Americans: Don’t Get Sick – Alternet 6/10/08


4 minute Video: Respected author and columnist Michael Collins Piper discusses his report on Sen. John McCain’s links to organized crime. – YouTube via MParent 5/21/08


McCain: I’d Spy on Americans Secretly, Too – Wired 6/3/08 


In ’74 Thesis, the Seeds of McCain’s War Views – NYTimes 6/15/08


Video: Obama vs. McCain on Taxes – Mother Jones 6/13/08


McCain on Meet The Press: I would have started Iraq war regardless of WMD – Raw Story 1/6/08


John McCain doesn’t work weekends – Politico 6/26/08


Is John McCain a ‘natural-born’ citizen? – NYTimes 7/11/08


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