April 08, 2007

Chuck Shepherd has just published his News of The Weird weekly column Number One Thousand. That is almost 20 years of weirdness! more inside
Polish witch hunt. "Under the law, which was passed last October and entered into force on 15 March this year, 700,000 Poles are required to confess any collaboration with the communists between 1945 and 1989. All senior civil servants, university professors, lawyers, headmasters and journalists born before 1972 must now confess their past sins by 15 May."
Joshua Bell as street musician. The Washington Post sets up a social experiment whereby the famous virtuoso performs anonymously for spare change at a DC metro stop. What happens? Tune in for the exciting conclusion! more inside

April 07, 2007

Peter Bagge tells us about bums.
Spenser and the Tradition : English Poetry 1579-1830 (via).A bloody enormous database of poetry and criticism charting the influence of Edmund Spenser on the English poetic tradition. more inside
The Outsider Diaries. Piers Morgan is the former editor of the UK's Daily Mirror, sacked for publishing fake photos of Iraqis being abused by British troops. Some might know him as the America's Got Talent judge that made a twelve year old boy cry. more inside
MONKEYS!! We have monkeys. We have bananas. We have ten minutes to waste.

April 06, 2007

Curious George: les ordibqteurs portqvles eb Frqbxe (French laptops) more inside
Miami sex offenders living under bridge. "They've often said that some of the laws will force people to live under a bridge," said Charles Onley, a research associate at the federally funded Center for Sex Offender Management. "This is probably the first story that I've seen that confirms that."
I hurt myself today... It's not easy being green. Also, audio.
Alan Moore on pornography Just to recap, then, sexually progressive cultures gave us mathematics, literature, philosophy, civilization and the rest, while sexually restrictive cultures gave us the Dark Ages and the Holocaust. (via monkeyfilter...)
Thank ' Eas'r Bunny! Bawk! Bawk! Yeah, I know, a stupid one-link YouTube post. To an old commercial, even. You may fiah when ready.
"Wake me up at" stickers. Although considered by many a breach of etiquette (via), help is at hand for those who fall asleep on the tube. more inside

April 05, 2007

The MLK Jr. you don't see on TV. It's become a TV ritual: Every year on April 4, as Americans commemorate Martin Luther King's death, we get perfunctory network news reports about "the slain civil rights leader." The remarkable thing about these reviews of King's life is that several years - his last years - are totally missing, as if flushed down a memory hole.
Hedonic Adaptation says that we are made happy by getting stuff and then we "go back" to regular old whatever. (See Hedonic treadmill) So if we know what happiness is (let's just say it's 'a joyful, contented life'), then how do we stay happy? Y'know who might know? the Amish. more inside
Twenty-four hours a day, seven days a week, the chimneys pump out a toxic cocktail of pollutants... Welcome to Norilsk: Home to the world's biggest nickel and palladium producer, and producer of one seventh of all the factory pollution in Russia. more inside

April 04, 2007

Curious George: Person Search Have any of you used any online people search services? more inside
If We Taught English the Way We Teach Mathematics... Excuse me, but I think that foreign-language teaching often takes the form described. more inside
Bloons! We haven't had a game here for a while. This even has a monkey in it. And what's better, it's made in New Zealand! Fifty levels of balloon popping fun. (Flash) more inside
Left Behind? Not this book series. Before the first installment in Tim LaHaye's and Jerry B. Jenkins' modern-day stories based on the Book of Revelation appeared in 1995, Christian fiction was typically tucked away in Christian bookstores. Now, 43 million books later, the Left Behind titles have paved the way for these books and others like them to be sold in chain outlets, discount stores and big box retailers.
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