Sunday, January 31, 2010

List lists

OK so one of the signs that our popular culture has been over-saturated is the propagation of so much list-based entertainment, such as VH1's "Top 100 (fill in the blank)" shows. The idea is that we have so much distracting us between TV, movies, the Internets, etc., that we can't just consume a single product -- we need to consume micro-versions of these products arrayed as lists for us to consume.

This is a sign we're even beyond that: I found a list of top lists for the year. My favorite is the top 5 cats who look like Wilford Brimley. The Google street view mishaps are pretty funny too. This picture here


I'd already seen on failblog. Fantastic.

Thursday, January 21, 2010

Book Report: The Female Brain

So I just finished this book "The Female Brain" by Dr. Louann Brizendine. I found a copy of it at Goodwill for like 50 cents a few months ago. Then I read the whole thing. It seems to have pretty good scientific chops but it's still concise and easy to get through.

The main premise is that while it has been politically incorrect to say that a woman's brain is different than a man's, it is biologically incorrect to say that it is not. Thanks to modern imaging technology (MRI, etc.) neuroscientists have been able to map out precisely differences not only between men and women, but between men and women at different phases of their life. The bits on the menopausal brain are interesting, but so far removed from my foreseeable future I was not as interested in the other bits.

I'd recommend it.



Left-leaning Outlets Winning Online

I wrote this article for Utah Policy here about how liberal news outlets are beating conservative news outlets online. (All of them lose to ESPN.com.)

Monday, January 11, 2010

"Stupid"?

Hey guys - sorry if my posts are ever "stupid." I'll try to smart up for 2010.

Monday, January 4, 2010

Failblog

Have you ever seen Failblog.org? I realize that this is one of the oldest and most popular Internet sensations, but I was reminded again today of its hilarity.




This video is terrific. One of the few ones where no one gets hurt ... well, no PEOPLE.


Weightlifting Fail
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And this one is even better


Friday, January 1, 2010

New York Times Square

So we went to Times Square to ring in the New Year. Fun experience. I would never, ever, do it again. Lots of standing (about 6 hours worth) in the rain (about 3.5 hours worth), but still a good thing to HAVE done.

Here's the video:



The coolest part was walking around the streets afterward, all the traffic blocked off, with a large crowd of folks enjoying the night. It was like a sporting event where everyone was rooting for the same team. Everyone was on great behavior - no public drinking, no fighting.

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