Archive for September, 2006

September 22, 2006

One of the funniest discussions of emoticons I’ve ever seen (in an interview of John Darnielle of the Mountain Goats on Pitchfork):

Pitchfork: I figure there’s one way to start an e-mail interview: A friend of mine taught me this emoticon, Q:), which is a smiling Davy Crockett. What ya got?

John Darnielle: My friend Mark Givens and I had an emoticon we amused ourselves with years ago. Not sure if I can remember it. :/> I think it was, but that’s a rough guess. To me, it looks like perhaps it means “becoming gradually but unignorably cognizant of one’s status as a resident of Hell.”


September 12, 2006

The real story behind MySpace: Spam. Oh, and that Tom guy didn’t start it out of his garage.

September 8, 2006

If Noam Chomsky and Howard Zinn had provided commentary to the Lord of the Rings DVDs.

September 8, 2006

Bad High School Essay analogies. My personal favorite:

He was as tall as a six-foot-three-inch tree.

Science roundup

September 1, 2006

I’ve been out of it for a couple days, so I’m just getting to sorting through my variou science feeds. Some of the gems:

A couple guys took out an ad in the Economist claiming they have designed a perpetual motion machine. The Guardian investigates. Sounds pretty fishy to me.

Landscapes influence human behavior. I think that if this was conducted in a different locale, ie. with people who weren’t used to desert environments, the results might be different. Then again, that may be the whole point.

Seed ran a profile on Richard Lindzen, the leading scientific critic of climate change. In reality, according to the article, he agrees with 90% of the general climate change theory, and even participated in former panels of the IPCC.

They also have a great article on living with HIV as a Palestinian in the West Bank, where you face “medication shortages and security clearances for hospital visits.” Actually, they have a great section on HIV at 25.

Buildings that adjust with the weather.

Nerd alert! The War on Terror from a Unix shell.

Jazz based on cryptography.

The sweet smell of a bygone era – an investigation into BBSes. Some of this is just hauntingly beautiful:

…they tend to feel a little eerie and lonely, like digital ghost towns. Some of the message threads out there have been left hanging and incomplete, with the original post echoing like a thin, ghostly voice through time, still pleading for a response. In some cases, it’s as if an entire online community was caught unawares, swallowed up, and perfectly preserved in Pompeii-like ash. Everything’s there, in place…except the people.

Check out Frink Tank blog – a cheeky guide to science and luddite news. It’s as if your standard sarcastic ahole science nerd sterotype was writing. Oh wait, that’s exactly what it is…

And finally, becuase what post about science could conclude without some discussion of the anti-scientists? I missed the documentary that proves it, but apparently Darwin caused Hitler. Don’t worry, though, because if you wear some Armor of God PJs, you’ll be fine. Pajama Media, anyone?