I need to play with the template of this blog so I can elegantly post quick little one-line links to things that amuse me, a la the New New sidebar on the old Old is the New New. Then I can resume linking to things like these:
- I have to admit I thought Twitter was a pretty stupid idea until I saw this, which almost makes living in the future worthwhile.
- Edit: Taxipunk is the new Clockpunk
is the new steampunk. (“You can now create new subgenres of speculative fiction by simply putting “punk” after anything… Taxipunk delves into the sociopolitical ramifications of taxicabs existing in places and times that, in actual history, did not benefit from taxicabs.“)
- Calvert “Larry “Bud” Melman” DeForest is dead, alas.
- But did you ever think to ask why Fonzie jumped that shark?
- Confidential to Planetary readers: a mathematician in Maryland appears to have mapped the Snowflake.
Oh, right: those papers I was grading.
From the February 2007 issue of The Believer:
Vietnam War Movies in Which the Lieutenant Does Not Die:
- Hamburger Hill, 1987 (Lt. loses one arm)
- Forrest Gump, 1994 (Lt. loses both legs)
–Anonymous Lieutenant stationed in Iraq, sent via email
The war in Iraq enters its fifth year today.
It’s paper grading season! Forecast calls for lighter posting here and across the academic blogosphere with a 60% chance of griping. If you’re in the thick of it right now, feel free to plagiarize my own deathless wisdom on responding to student writing, posted last year.
This has gotten around a bit, but it is cute and even a little mesmerizing: illustrator Jen Wang‘s Pre-Flight Safety Dance. I can’t draw like Ms. Wang, but this makes me want to do one for the ritualized dance steps in my own life, like changing a diaper or gesticulating wildly to illuminate some aspect of American history. What other found choreography could we illustrate in this way?
For silver age stewardess objectification instead, see here and here.
One of several “forgotten” communication and entertainment media lovingly “restored” to working order (there’s even a bunch of movies) at the Museum of Lost Interactions in Dundee:
The Richophone was a multi-player based game found in prestigious hotels and cafes in and around London in 1900. The game was played from special Richophone booths, where players connected to the game through a system of telephones. The prizes to be won were very generous.