December 23, 2009

Nerdstock 2009: Christmas for rationalists Verily, the geeks will inherit the Earth. more inside
A site dedicated to overweight cats. Check out the overalls!

December 22, 2009

AVclub's The Year In Band Names
Editorializing: among the dozens of 'year end list' rituals, this is one of my favorites.
Previously: 2008 2007 2006

December 20, 2009

Stereotypes of readers by author [via flashboy]
Hitman Monkey , or how a LOLcat photo leads to a hit comic.

December 19, 2009

Attention Australians: There's no need to send 'Care Packagee' of Tim Tams to friends and relatives in 'the States'.
Pepperidge Farms (makers of the popular Milano cookies) is now importing them to the US (through March, promising return in October, Chocolate Creme & Caramel in many stores, Classic Dark exclusive to Target). Natalie Imbruglia shows Graham Norton how to do the Tim Tam Slam. And if you want to hide your Tim Tams away, P.Farms provides a Holiday Disguise (pdf).
Taekwondo monkeys attack trainer.
Know Your Meme: Om Nom Nom Nom. [Via]

December 18, 2009

"Their circular life" shows five scenes from Northern Italy (with background sounds) which are animated for a 24 hour period by turning a dial. more inside
Auschwitz sign "Arbeit macht frei" stolen
The Known Universe takes viewers from the Himalayas through our atmosphere and the inky black of space to the afterglow of the Big Bang". more inside

December 17, 2009

A collection of interesting bike designs.

December 15, 2009

I propose a game. Several years ago, I belonged to an online community which sported a thread of numbers. We started from 1. Most of the first several numbers were simply designated as prime, but when things got into double digits, we found assignations for the numbers. For instance: 23 could just be designated as prime. The next post could have to do with the 24th parallel, or the 24th element, or the 24th Nobel Peace Prize winner, or what 24 cups of flour could be used for (and is divisible by 2,3,6, and 12). 25 (divisible by 5) might talk about what happened in the year 25 C.E., or that there are 25 menus here, or that a 25 cent stamp in Canada looked like this. more inside
Health insurers are paying facebook gamers virtual currency to oppose the US healthcare reform bill. Users of Facebook apps by Zynga (which include Farmville, CafeWorld, Mafia Wars, etc.) earn virtual currency to use in games by following links to various "special offers". Get Healthcare Reform Right offers virtual cash in return for completing a form which is sent to government representatives. Now, in response, Healthcare For America Now has countered with ads of its own.
The CBS blacklist during McCarthy's Red Scare

December 14, 2009

40 Beautiful Examples of Black and White Photography more inside
The Lone Ranger in a Volvo SLYT about the Lone Ranger, in a Volvo...really more inside

December 09, 2009

A new species is emerging in Canada and New England: the coywolf
It's Official... Your Pet Can Catch H1N1 Flu... (even if it's NOT a pot-bellied pig). Well, one cat in Iowa and two ferrets in Oregon and Nebraska, but still zero cases of transmission from pet to human. Common sense advice from the Iowa Department of Public Health here, but is this what will finally start the Swine Flu Panic!!! that we know we're capable of? more inside

December 08, 2009

Dark matter discovered? The particle community is bustling with rumours of a possible discovery of dark matter in CDMS.
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