Study shows Republicans more likely to be racist. Shocking! [via Dave]
An amazing MeFi post on the history of the space shuttle. This is a must-read.
Not for the weak of heart. Perhaps not even for the strong of heart: car crash videos
For Antonio: Railway photography from around the world
I don't know much about modern pop music, but I like the video for Pink's new song, Stupid Girl — it's a condemnation of the return to traditional sex roles and the vapidity of modern role-models for girls: "What happened to the dream of a girl President?" (And Kris would want me to ask: why, once again, are we calling these women girls?)
ODD & SID: Tammy's fascinating post on her daugher's psychological testing
A food critic goes undercover in My Week as a Waiter (NYT login required)
An atlas of cyberspaces, topology maps of various networks — kind of cool [via Paul, or maybe AJ]
StepMania, a free dance simulation game for PC, Mac, and Linux. I've never played one of these games, but they look fun and are very popular. I'm thinking it might do the trick to get me to exercise.
Insect candy — okay, I'm not that adventurous...
Top-selling comics and graphic novels of 2005. I only purchased two of the top-selling comics (All-Star Batman #1 and All-Star Superman #1: I was unimpressed with each), but I purchased (or already owned) mumble of the top-selling graphic novels (where mumble is 21), and I plan to purchase several more. [via airbag]
Wow! I love The Numbers, which is apparently a weblog devoted to detailed numbers regarding the film industry.
Photography: birds in nature
A monkey and a cat, friends: We must learn to live together as brothers or perish as fools
Also haha: the devil welcomes you to hell (a short Rowan Atkinson routine, file hosted locally)
Haha! Body spray for sick cats, a short Family Guy clip
Holy shit. Feds after google data. This is a Bad, Bad Thing. [via Dave, of course]
Ten movies every photographer should see (I've seen half of them)
Yes, I know this meme is a month old, and yes I know that most of you have probably already seen it. Nevertheless, here is Lazy Sunday, the Chronicles of Narnia rap from Saturday Night Live. This really didn't hook me at first, but I've seen it so many times now that the song haunts me in my sleep. Seriously. This is a 6mb WMV download hosted locally. You may prefer the 2.2mb mp3 of the song. Enjoy! (More: wikipedia entry!, Andy Baio's neice and nephew perform the song, and Slate deconstructs Lazy Sunday as a rap song)
** How to do what you love **
TED, automatic torrent downloader
Be careful what you say around talking animals: Mouthy Parrot Reveals Sex Secret
The Walrus, a mammoth military blimp in the planning stages [via Dave]
Invisibilia features photographs that have been digitally altered so that one figure is "traced", as if sketched with ink. It's an interesting effect.
A handy reference for people like me: Memory Master
Bilbo's home — Bag End — meticulously crafted as a doll house. Amazing.
Scientists believe that early humans were hunted by birds. Scary!
A brief guide to Dale Carnegie's How to Win Friends and Influence People
Viable Paradise, a science-fiction and fantasy writer's workshop
I believe I'm going to begin attributing all the flotch again, identifying where I find each piece. Does anyone care?
Oddly obsessive statistical analysis of the rates paid by customers of legal Nevada prostitutes, broken down by sex act, attractiveness, body type and presence or absence of a jacuzzi, among other topics. [via Mefi]
I'm totally removed from the facebok phenomenom, but still found this study of student life on facebook interesting
Another sign that the future is here: this wireles Flickr-enabled photo frame presents an ever-present slideshow of the thirty most recent photos in your Flickr photo stream [via Dave]
Taking professional product photos without a professional (I suspect that much of this can be applied directly to macro photography, too)
I Will Teach You To Be Rich is a great personal finance weblog
News flash! AmyJo's foodblog is now operational. Go visit From a Corner Table! Mmmmm... Delicious
Can dogs smell cancer? Study shows dogs ability to distinguish breast and lung cancer in people compared to healthy controls.
Kill all the white people! Yeah, right. That'll solve all the problems in the world.
This statistical analysis of MMORPGs features some intersting data regarding male/female differences in gaming. (Does it surprise anyone that males outnumber females 10:1 in the online gaming world?)
Turner Classic Movies' Hiyao Miyazaki film festival begins tonight and runs every Thursday in January. If you haven't seen his films before, tonight is a great time to start. Spirited Away is magical.
All posts tagged with 'writing' on AskMetafilter
FARK's best Photoshops of 2005, some of which are funny, some of which are not.
Kris would be happier if (a) I were to lose some weight and (b) I were to have a better sense of fashion. The former is all in my head. For help with the latter, one might consult The Morning News' guide to men's fashion, which includes secitons on suits, dress shirts, and pants (as well as a conclusion; also of value are Lance Arthur's weblog entries on man grooming.
An idea whose time has come: massively multiplayer personal productivity
French baboons baffle zoo staff — Zoo keepers in Kent are having to learn French in order to speak to the baboons at Port Lympne wild animal park
The flight fantastic: the secret, longer life of birds revealed
Fifty strategies to make yourself write [via Josh]
Caution: Cat Vomit — this is a must-have for the Roth/Gates household
Fantastic flotch: via this MeFi thread comes squirrels-for-you.com — have fun raising squirrels! This site features flash movies of domesticated squirrels. All your nuts are belong to us. Three sites are worthy of special notice: squirrel recipes, Russian squirrel pack kills dog, and, the best of all, the laugh-out-loud Beet Pulp Safety Warning.
I find the New York Times column, The Ethicist, very interesting. [link may require login]
Yearly Review by Paul Ford
Here is a wonderful gallery of early 1960s advertising artwork for Motorola depicting near-futuristic life at home. Good stuff.
How much of this stuff is actually GOOD? Critical thoughts on reading and collecting comic books from the forum I"ve been frequenting. Great meditations that Dave and Joel might enjoy.