Imagine that white members of Congress, while walking to work, were surrounded...– Imagine: Protest, Insurgency and the Workings of White Privilege by Tim Wise Via lots of awesome people including resmc and ascendingcoherence
Call me naive, but until that moment, I hadn’t understood fully the extent to...– by @effingboring. Oh, wow, that’s fantastically honest.
Finally, after an evolutionary plateau that would raise the metaphorical eyebrow...– “Researchers in the US and Taiwan have been hard at work developing wearable amperometric biosensors that can be printed onto clothing and could one day find their way into your underpants.” From Futuristic Undies Monitor Your Secretions on Medgadget.
Maybe the single best barometer of just how crazy the markets were this past...– Market Commentary with Dr. Bob
Nearly twenty-three weeks into the gestational cycle, Larsen representative...– Larsen-McClellan Announcement My coworker @hellbox is a huge, raving geek. Thankfully his family, friends and colleagues find it charming.
The ladies of Tiger Beatdown on Women, Rock and... →
AMANDA: So on the one hand, you’d think the [rock fan/musician] subculture would be totally interested in accepting women – how rejecting of mainstream values is that! – but on the other hand, the subculture is also about building a culture around the primacy of the sensitive rocking Kurt Cobain haircut boy’s particular flavor of marginalization, and when women come in with some other shit to...
Mary Sue - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia →
A Mary Sue (sometimes just Sue), in literary criticism and particularly in fanfiction, is a fictional character with overly idealized and hackneyed mannerisms, lacking noteworthy flaws, and primarily functioning as a wish-fulfillment fantasy for the author or reader. Perhaps the single underlying feature of all characters described as “Mary Sues” is that they are too ostentatious for...
“Although we’re pretty good at saying when an... →
“Here’s one curious consequence of Iceland’s volcanic ash clouds grounding airplanes across Europe: Scientists attending a volcanology meeting in Paris are temporarily stuck there.” (Via How We Drive.)
The Smart Set [Jessa Crispin]: Beauty and the... →
There are no ugly girls, no old hags in popular culture. Every week we are supposed to pretend like Tina Fey is ugly on 30 Rock, that America Ferrera was hideous even beneath the glasses and the braces on Ugly Betty, that every homely girl is a pair of contact lenses, short dress, and good haircut away from being prom queen. If that is the epitome of public ugliness, well, then the actual hags...
Alleged bestiality farm raided in Wash. state... →
Authorities searched his farm Wednesday after prosecutors received a tip from a public defender’s office in Tennessee. The office reported that Spink had been calling them incessantly about a jailed defendant in a bestiality case in Tennessee. That man, James Michael Tait, had previously admitted filming a man having sex with a horse in Enumclaw, Wash., in 2005. The man Tait filmed died...
You Say Comcast, We Say “Compcast”… |... →
Kinda weird to read about my new 1/4th corporate overlords on Footnoted.
Utilizing Descartes theories of existence (that whatever one perceives clearly...– McSweeney’s Lists: Philosophical Queries of Academia That Prompted Classic Songs By Hair Bands.
I would suspect that the reason that the Obama’s effective tax rate is 33%...– Nicholas Brown, a commentor responding to Planet Money’s audience-sourced scrutiny of the Obamas tax return in a tax-day post, Obamas Made $5.5 Million Last Year, Paid $1.8 Million In Taxes. The blog post explained the audience question: I was going to call an accountant and ask if she saw...
To be a great villain requires more than merely being rotten to the core. The...– The many faces of Alan Rickman (via tap water please). Brilliant. (via thinkdrastic)
When I first became a reader of your site and when a lot of my friends did, we...– 3quarksdaily I’ve witnessed the solar system of geek that forms around Merlin Mann at events. And, as always, he is memorably, effortlessly eloquent.
There’s a wonderful immediacy to air guitar; it’s pretty much a direct...– Metro - Full of hot air I heart my friends so much. Crossing my fingers that the finals are within travel distance and not when I’m out of town. (Love the description of Kevin Cornell as “youthful, geeky, confused”.)
northtemple - Password Change Survey Results →
Question #1: When forced to change a password I… 42.98% – Just increment a number. Password1, Password2, Password3, etc 8.77% – Change a topic. Ford1, Chevy1, BMW1, etc 23.68% – Some other pattern (explain in comments below) 21.05% – Come up with a completely unique password 3.51% – Other
What brand of freedom would you like? - O'Reilly... →
2105: Freedom means different things to different people. Hence Richard Stallman’s quip, “Think free as in free speech, not free beer.” While there’s no question the code is much more free on Android, I think Steven Levy’s point in his piece on the iPad is worth repeating: While Apple wants to move computing to a curated environment where everything adheres to a carefully honed interface,...
Moral judgments can be altered ... by magnets →
New research about interfering with the tempero-parietal junction (TPJ for you kids) with magnets, from MIT press release accompanying the (paywalled) study results in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. Via Medgadget.