Archive for July, 2008

July 31, 2008

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Smithsonian interviews Laurie Anderson I never knew she worked at McDonald’s for a while (apparently just to see what it was like), or that “O Superman” was made on an NEA grant.

July 30, 2008

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Heartless Doll A new-ish pop culture blog, connected to an alternative paper in San Francisco, has some nifty stuff. The post that caught my attention was Top 10 ’80s Movie Moments We Once Loved But Now See in a Different, and More Disturbing, Light (via Digg).

July 29, 2008

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I Lost On Jeopardy Comics blogger Josh Fruhlinger recounts his experience. Lots of interesting insider tidbits.

July 28, 2008

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Man breaks world record for bicycling underwater In other news, they have a world record for bicycling underwater.

July 27, 2008

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Tarantino’s Mind An interesting (and consciously Tarantino-esque) short film that puts forth an interesting thesis about Tarantino’s films.

July 26, 2008

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Backstage at “The Colbert Report,” Rush tries their hand at Rock Band At the Expert level, they got a fairly dismal 31% on a little ditty called “Tom Sawyer.” They did rather better playing it with real instruments on the real stage. Maybe instead of trying to master the game console, they should stick to guitars and drums with boring old strings and skins. Don’t quit your day job, guys!

July 25, 2008

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Collection of Funniest & Hilarious Exam Answers Unlike most of the entries in this genre, this one has actual pictures of the purported answers (and teachers’ comments, in some cases). That doesn’t make them authentic, but at least they don’t sound like a copywriter’s attempt at “Kids Say the Darnedest Things.”

The Balcony Is Closed Roger Ebert reflects on the end of an era.

July 24, 2008

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I’ve had 2 moments of transcendent joy recently. Interestingly, both involve “ABC” by the Jackson 5 (my first-ever “favorite band” back when I was a kid). The first one is the roof-dancing scene from “Clerks 2,” which I saw again recently on TV (not a great movie, but that one scene is wonderful), and the other (video capture shown above) is from Girl Talk’s new mashup album “Feed The Animals.” When Michael starts singing at the end of the 4th track, and then they put Queen’s “Bohemian Rhapsody” behind it, there’s nothing else to do but come-a come-a come-a let ’em show you What It’s All About.

Best. Book. Review. Ever. Guardian reviewer John Crace gives the short version of “Life with My Sister Madonna” by Christopher Ciccone: I had hoped this book might go some way to answering that eternal question no one has ever asked, “What is it really like to be Madonna’s brother?” But as I’ve got no sense of self and even less insight, that’s totally beyond me. So I’ve settled for bitching about that mediocre diva whom I adore really.

July 23, 2008

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Cake Wrecks blog For people who like “Ace of Cakes” or those “challenge” shows where people watch it like NASCAR — for the crashes. But the “Wrecks” here aren’t catastrophic, just pathetic. (Via Gael)

July 22, 2008

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MSNBC thinks penguins are mammals They fixed it, but the pic above is from a Redditor‘s screenshot before they spotted the error.

July 21, 2008

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Hemi-powered, nitrous-breathing Rollerwith an old-fashioned blower to conserve nitrous. This is either just wrong, or very, very right.

The (Many) Mistakes That Killed a President I never knew that President James Garfield would probably have survived the assassin’s bullet if doctors hadn’t so badly bungled the attempt to find it — let alone that it was public knowledge back in 1881. Perhaps an important history lesson — or a lesson about history lessons: Monumental bungles are often forgotten by future generations.

July 20, 2008

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I don’t follow cycling, and I have no idea who Chris Horner is, but he’s my new hero. Carrying a fallen rider, and his bike. to the finish line, UP A FREAKING HILL, is cool beyond words.

July 19, 2008

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Odd-Looking Marine Animals (You Never Knew Existed) Not true for me (I knew about some of them, like the leafy sea dragon pictured above), but still some neat critters.

There’s a Subaru Forester in the parking lot here at work with a badge on the back that says “PZEV” — no, it’s not some Russian brand, it stands for “Partial Zero Emission Vehicle.” What I want to know is, was that terminology coined by someone who doesn’t understand math, or someone who doesn’t understand English?

July 18, 2008

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This is insane Lots of folks have put small-block Ford V8’s (and a few Chevys) into Miatas, but this guy is putting in a Jaguar V12. And as if that’s not wacky enough, he’s converting it from fuel injection to old-style carburetors (those chrome bits sticking up – -hence the slot he’s cut in the hood for them to poke through).

July 17, 2008

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Contrary to what you might think (or fear, or I guess maybe hope), Hot Chicks with Douchebags is not a fetish-porn site. It is, however, yet another blog that’s now a book.

July 16, 2008

Quote of the Day: Jon Stewart on how the Obama campaign should have responded to the New Yorker cover: Barack Obama is in no way upset about the cartoon that depicts him as a Muslim extremist, because you know who gets upset about cartoons? Muslim extremists!”

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You’ve heard of Area 51? Here’s 51 areas not on Google Mapsat least, not in their full glory. Parts have been digitally altered for security reasons.

July 15, 2008

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Surprise Speed Tournament Car & Driver pits family cars against smaller, sporty cars to see who’s faster, and the results are surprising (like the Escalade beating the supercharged Mini Cooper S in the quarter-mile, above). And a V6 Camry beats a Subaru WRX with a high-performance four-banger (no replacement for displacement, and all that).

July 14, 2008

Merged Books is brilliant: “Green Eggs and Hamlet” – Would you kill him in his bed? Thrust a dagger through his head? I would not, could not, kill the King. I could not do that evil thing. I would not wed this girl, you see. Now get her to a nunnery.

O. M. F. G. If the “Russian bar” isn’t an Olympic gymnastics event, it should be. The first 30 seconds of this are amazing, and it just keeps getting better.

July 13, 2008
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Old media salutes new media “Foxtrot” gives a shout-out to webcomics xkcd, Joy of Tech and others.

July 12, 2008

Glassblower makes a trombone This is the coolest thing I’ve ever seen all day.

July 11, 2008

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Via Kotttke, reviews of “family meals” at top NYC restaurants I was a steakhouse cook for a brief time in my youth, and I never got anything like this. Not that I’m complaining about a 6 oz. filet mignon cooked to my taste — by me — but it wasn’t the same as sitting down with everyone for a communal meal before the shift starts.

Speaking of meals, On a Caribbean vacation last month, my wife Louise and I picked up a taste for Jamaican beef patties, and we were thrilled to find we can buy frozen ones locally. A few days ago after she had to work late, this was our conversation after she got home:

Her: What’ja have for dinner?
Me: Beef patties.
Her: Jamaican?
Me: No, just heated ’em up.

July 10, 2008

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If Scientists Were Tabloid Fodder Lots of inside jokes, but still funny.

July 9, 2008

I have a bad feeling MetaFilter is slowly dying (losing the Darwinian battle to newer group blogs like Digg and Reddit), but this is one reason why it’s still great: A comment on the movie “WALL-E” from someone whose girlfriend was so touched by the preview that the filmmakers heard about it and invited her to the wrap party. MiFi comments rule!

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Rental Car Rally This looks like fun. NYC to Montreal, in rented cars (presumably with maximum insurance).

July 8, 2008

Salon interviews Christian Lander, the white person behind the Stuff White People Like blog and book. Apparently the germ of the idea was when a Filipino friend commented that he didn’t trust white people who don’t watch “The Wire.”

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Back to the future of the past … or something. There’s a company retooling a factory to make a new generation of Deloreans, a
nd the Jalopnik car blog is on the case. No word yet on whether the car only runs on roads with white lines.

July 7, 2008

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So, you paid extra for that fancy carbon-fiber trim for your Porsche, so it would stand out in a crowd? Weep. (Here’s another site, in case the first one is still down from the massive spike of my legions of loyal readers clicking on it).

July 6, 2008

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25 Historical Events (As Depicted by 5 Year Olds) The word “as” is key — not actual 5-year-olds’ drawings, but entries from Cracked.com readers. Still awesome, even if some of them aren’t obvious (read the comments for clues on the ones you can’t figure out).

Tom Waits’ most cherished albums Some interesting choices from the guy who wrote a Springsteen parody (“Jersey Girl”) so dead-on that Springsteen now performs it.

July 5, 2008

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The Boys and the Subway
Sweet, nicely illustrated story about a man whose kids love NYC’s underground choo-choos. Hope they don’t grow up to be this guy.

July 4, 2008

It was 232 years ago today The Unanimous Declaration of the Thirteen United States of America.

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Unreal Mass migration of golden rays off the coast of Mexico. quite a few pics, nearly all as amazing as this one.

July 3, 2008

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They distort, you decide Fox News didn’t like a New York Times story on the network’s ratings, so they did a little spot on them, but notice how they Photoshopped the pictures to yellow their teeth and distort their facial features. You stay classy, Fox!

July 2, 2008

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When censorware goes bad
Apparently the American Family Association thinks the word “gay” is excessively PC, so their news feed automatically replaces it with what they consider a more appropriate word.

July 1, 2008

It was 150 years ago today. How could I have almost forgotten? Hopefully I’ll have more later this evening on the first unveiling of modern evolutionary theory by Charles Darwin and Alfred Russel Wallace (both in absentia), on July 1, 1858. (Update: Here’s an even better telling of the tale, with some historical context, and Newsweek compares Darwin and Lincoln, both born on the same day — their shared 200th birthday will be Feb. 12, 2009, so mark your calendar!).

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Who says English wine isn’t good for anything? Prince Charles, in a fit of environmental pique, has converted his 38 year old Aston Martin rag top to run on ethanol, derived from English Wine.

Am I the only one who thinks the best Coldplay song ever isn’t even by Coldplay?

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