Saturday, December 28, 2013

The More Things Change...

The more our celebrities look the same?  I could not have told you that these mashup / photo collage images would have worked so well, but they do.

George Chamoun has made a bunch of images like this one:

And Marc Ghali has taken the ball and run with it as well:

Check out the other images they've made in the links above, they're worth scrolling through.

(via BD)

Sunday, December 22, 2013

Watch Hockey From The Ice

This is a pretty great 10 minute snippet from an AHL game earlier this fall with the Ref  wearing a helmet cam and microphone.  The perspective is really interesting and it's a good remind of just how good on skates the refs need to be...

I think my favorite parts are actually the conversations that he has with players on their way to the box.  I wasn't expecting the coaching / teaching aspect and role that the Ref takes and it's really nice to see that part of things.

(via digg)

Tuesday, December 17, 2013

Get Covered Y'all

So this is pretty great...

For real though, get yourself insured.

Monday, December 16, 2013

Bend Spandex Space Time To Your Will

Or at least set up a cool demo of general relativity...

I wish my high school science teachers had shown us that. The Earth - Moon system demo with the different sized marbles is particularly neat, especially when the teacher points out that some of his students discovered it while playing around with the setup...

(via kottke)

Thursday, December 5, 2013

Pedal Power

I'd heard about the Copenhagen Wheel and it sounded cool; put a little battery and some regenerative breaking in a little case and give bikers some well deserved assistance when needed.  All while looking cool and staying out of the way.

The promo video for the wheel though, well now it's real...

Get on your bike and ride!

More on the project, and sales, at the Super Pedestrian website.

Wednesday, December 4, 2013

At The Museum

It was a good day to be a visitor at the Air & Space Museum today; the USAF Band made an appearance...

This has been making the rounds in the DC corner of the interwebs and it's just a really cool little thing...

Saturday, November 30, 2013

Are Your pencils Sharp Enough?

This guy says you're doing it wrong...

David Rees, artisanal hand sharpener of Number 2 pencils, is at least partially serious about all of this.  The New Yorker had a good rundown on the project and Rees's book a while back...

But Rees isn’t messing about—or, at least, “messing about” is an inadequate phrase for the kind of immersive seriocomic undertaking he’s involved in here.
There's plenty more fun to be had on Rees's personal website (this isn't his only project) and his pencil sharpening site as well.

Happy sharpening!

(via LS)

Friday, November 22, 2013

Get Out Of Your Car & On The Bus

Or why mass transit makes so much sense...

Kind of speaks for itself doesn't it?

(via AC)

Wednesday, November 6, 2013

Metric vs Standard

Ostensibly this video is about why A4 is the perfect paper size (and system), but really it's a brilliant takedown of the inch...

I bet you didn't even know A4 was a system for sizing paper (I sure didn't know it was the metric system, or how cool it is).  This is another one of those examples where it really feels like we (the US) should join the party already and get on the metric system.  At the same time it's another great example of why we never will; can you imagine the headache of trying to convert all of the printers (well, most of them will run A4 I think) and filing systems (wait, maybe A4 will fit in standard files too)...

(via Digg)

Thursday, October 24, 2013

The Buckeyes Can March

This video of the Ohio State Marching Band doing a Michael Jackson tribute has been bouncing around for at least a few days now.  I didn't watch it until Questlove said to on twitter.  He was right too, jump to 4:20 in the video to see why...

Monday, October 21, 2013

Go Read A Book

I really, really like books. I like reading them, I like holding them, I like having them on shelves, I like browsing for new ones to read whether that's in a store or a library, or once upon a time a bookmobile.

Bookmobiles are awesome, this is a fact.  It's sad that they aren't around anymore for the most part if you ask me.

Messy Nessy Chic took a look back at the history of the bookmobile and dug up some great pictures to help tell the story of their rise and fall.

Lots more where that came from...

(via LS)

Eat Good Meat

Seriously people if you put a little effort and concern in to what you're eating and where it's coming from and how it was raised and processed (especially if it's meat), you'll not only fell better about yourself you'll be eating tastier food and probably feel better because you're eating healthier as well.

Which is all really to say this Banksy piece from his current NYC show is pretty brilliant...

Friday, September 27, 2013

Tuesday, September 17, 2013

What We Eat Matters

For a whole host of reasons, and in a slightly gimmicky and certainly self-serving but still pretty brilliant short (or ad if you prefer) Chipotle drives that message home with brutal efficiency...

There isn't much about this video that really makes you feel good though, and I kind of feel like I need a trip to the farmers market and a shower now.

Monday, September 16, 2013

Eating Invasives & Foraging In The Thimble Islands

I'm a big fan of eating invasives, although I have yet to go catch and cook a snakehead despite the fact that I hear they're delicious.

This looks like it was a fun and tasty trip regardless of the bottom line impact that eating invasives can have on protecting and restoring our local ecosystems...

Now who wants some garlic mustard salad?

Thursday, September 12, 2013

Ike Was A Prophet

Well, he said some fairly prophetic things at least; and he coined the phrase military industrial complex and where would we be without that?

Ike gave a speech titled "Chance for Peace" in which he said:

Every gun that is made, every warship launched, every rocket fired signifies,in the final sense, a theft from those who hunger and are not fed, those who are cold and are not clothed. This world in arms is not spending money alone.  It is spending the sweat of its laborers, the genius of its scientists, the hopes of its children...This is not a way of life at all, in any true sense. Under the cloud of threatening war, it is humanity hanging from a cross of iron. 
This from the dude who was the Supreme Allied Commander during WWII.  Not everyone in the military is a warmonger and that's worth remembering.
Jill Lepore touched on these issues in a current day context in her piece in the January 28 New Yorker on how much military is enough these days.  She had the Ike quote above and it's well worth sharing.  Her article is available in full and is worth checking out.

I think I might need a biography of the man.

Tuesday, August 27, 2013

Blow Your Mind 6 Seconds At A Time

The GE 6 Second Science Fair on Vine was pretty cool it seems...

A few of these I've done before in some form or another, or at least know what is going and on and why.  But not all of them to be sure.  I'm gonna go try that one with the ice cube and the water on the upside down coffee cup now...

(via IOTBS via Digg)

Friday, August 23, 2013

Check Your Head - The NFL & Concussions

That the NFL has a problem with head injuries and that the league has been at least down playing the issue and at worst denying or even covering it up shouldn't be news to anyone at this point.  Just how big of a problem it is and just how long the league and probably even the fans should have know something was wrong is still being investigated.  This fall Frontline is stepping up with a two part special on the issue...

ESPN was originally involved in the project until they reportedly pulled out under pressure from the NFL.  That's not a good way for the NFL to be doing business.  Football may not, and probably should not, be the same game for much longer.

Thursday, August 22, 2013

Restore A Little Of Your Faith In Humanity

Stephen Colbert will do the honors along with the good people of Vicco, Kentucky...

The Colbert Report
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Well done indeed.

(via a whole bunch of places)

Thursday, August 1, 2013

Interesting Viewpoints

Here are a couple of very engrossing videos to kill off some of your time and absorb a bit of your attention (and possibly distract you from the continued stagnation and meltdown of our political system.) (Me? Jaded? Why do you ask?)

NASA has been taking a lot of photos of Saturn with the Cassini Orbiter over the past couple of years and now you can look at them in video format.

Around Saturn from fabio di donato on Vimeo.

Closer to home this quad-copter mini-drone footage offers a pretty wild perspective on Niagra Falls.

Pretty good distractions I think.

(both via crave)

Sunday, July 21, 2013

Down By The River

In case you haven't noticed I like maps, a lot.

Here are a couple that caught my attention this spring, hopefully you saw them already (actually scratch that, I hope this is the first time you see them and they blow your mind and you feel forever indebted to me for showing them to you) but if you haven't they're worth a gander.

Someone took the time to make a map of the US out of just rivers and streams and it's beautiful and fascinating.  You can also think about this as a map of all of the waterways in the US and nothing else, two sides of a coin if you will.

US rivers in the contiguous 48

If you're interested in who you might run into by your local or regional river or stream you can check out this fairly meta map of the US broken down into geographic areas based on the circulation of dollar bills.

In order to figure out exactly what you're looking at head on over to the NPR story on the map and the researchers who put it together.

US - Canada Relations

Ever wonder why that line between the US and Canada is so straight out west?  Ever think that maybe it actually isn't as straight as it looks on most maps?  This video is for you...

This is just one of several gems from CGP Grey, they'll keep you amused while making sure that you learn at least a little something new.

(I can't remember how I got there, but these days it was probably Digg)

Ah Government

Our system of government is pretty muddled if you ask me; many, many common sense issues that need to be addressed just get bogged down and picked at and never even get voted on by our law makers (can you tell I'm frustrated with the way we do the business of governing here?).

The latest victim is shaping up to be immigration reform, and the GOP Congressmen looking to block the current efforts but out a letter about their complaints.  Former high school teacher and current Dem Congressman Mark Takano gave the letter some comments.  It would be funny if it wasn't so sad...

Also Takano's tumblr is called There Will Be Charts, I think I like this guy.  Has he been on the Daily Show yet?


Or maybe the title should be Fallon!  I couldn't tell you who else even has a late night show anymore, Jimmy Fallon is continuing to blow everyone else out of the water.  Here's the latest little gem that I've caught...

Maybe it's just me but Fallon has his audience nailed.  Or maybe we're all just in the same generational boat and the things he comes up with are the same things that the rest of us think would be goofy and great too.  Now if he could just get Cousin Balki to be a guest on the show...


(via Digg)

Friday, July 5, 2013

Old School Hacking

Hacking used to mostly mean making something work in new and unexpected ways that were normally an improvement or at least something that the hacker thought would be cool.  I think that we don't have as much of that as we should these days especially among kids.  When we do though, those toys and social constructs that do encourage hacking tend to be aimed at boys.

Girls can and should be hacking too...

On the current connotation of hacking if you put your mind to it you can play Donkey Kong and Zelda with the Princess as the hero and the dude needing to be rescued.

Thursday, June 27, 2013

Read This Now - Down Goes DOMA

I'm not pleased with how everything shook out in the recent SCOTUS rulings (frankly I'm giving the Justices murder eyes over their gutting of key previsions in the voting rights act - doing away with the protections that helped allow a black Mayor to get elected in Selma because Selma now has a black mayor is just a nutso argument.) but they got the DOMA ruling right and I'll give them some credit for that.  Even if it was about as open and shut as you can get in my opinion.

I thought President Obama's statement on the end of DOMA was a really good one, good enough to not make you click through to read it:

The White House
Office of the Press Secretary
Statement by the President on the Supreme Court Ruling on the Defense of Marriage Act

I applaud the Supreme Court’s decision to strike down the Defense of Marriage Act.  This was discrimination enshrined in law.  It treated loving, committed gay and lesbian couples as a separate and lesser class of people.  The Supreme Court has righted that wrong, and our country is better off for it.  We are a people who declared that we are all created equal – and the love we commit to one another must be equal as well. 

This ruling is a victory for couples who have long fought for equal treatment under the law; for children whose parents’ marriages will now be recognized, rightly, as legitimate; for families that, at long last, will get the respect and protection they deserve; and for friends and supporters who have wanted nothing more than to see their loved ones treated fairly and have worked hard to persuade their nation to change for the better. 

So we welcome today’s decision, and I’ve directed the Attorney General to work with other members of my Cabinet to review all relevant federal statutes to ensure this decision, including its implications for Federal benefits and obligations, is implemented swiftly and smoothly.

On an issue as sensitive as this, knowing that Americans hold a wide range of views based on deeply held beliefs, maintaining our nation’s commitment to religious freedom is also vital.  How religious institutions define and consecrate marriage has always been up to those institutions.  Nothing about this decision – which applies only to civil marriages – changes that.  

The laws of our land are catching up to the fundamental truth that millions of Americans hold in our hearts:  when all Americans are treated as equal, no matter who they are or whom they love, we are all more free.

The ending lines really sum it all up, don't you think.

Monday, May 20, 2013

Apparently Picasso Was A Mystery

Or so the title of this documentary about the man and his work from 1956 would have you believe...

The bulls and the goat are my two favorites; they're both quite something.  And now I'm ready for a museum visit...

(via OC via digg)

Wednesday, May 15, 2013

TV Trailers

I'm not sure I've ever seen a trailer for a TV show before, but this new one for Fox from JJ Abrams looks pretty good to me...

Two parts Asimov and a healthy dose of Dick and we've got a pretty interesting looking sci-fi robot buddy cop show.  Now if only it were the next show from Netflix...

(via SE)

Monday, May 13, 2013

Space Commander

Canadian astronaut Chris Hadfield continues to go above and beyond as the commander of the International Space Station...

Dude is seriously making it cool to be an astronaut again, and that's an important job.  If you're on twitter you should be following him, you can also check out more of his videos on you tube.

(via Digg)

Tuesday, May 7, 2013

Searching For Spock

On a lighter note, this Audi piece is the most entertaining ad I've seen in years.  Can't call it the best one though, in that it doesn't make me want to buy an Audi...

(via digg)

For Your Eyes Only

Or you know, those under 4'10".

In all seriousness though, I think this outreach campaign against child abuse in Spain is pretty brilliant.  It's probably more gimmicky than actually applicable in terms of reaching abused children directly, but even if it works just once or twice it would be worth it.  It's also sweeping the internets and generating lots of buzz and that's the kind of recognition that all too common tragedies like child abuse need if we're ever going to be able to do away with them.

(via a lot of places, but I finally watched it on Gizmodo)

Monday, April 29, 2013

One Good Thing From The White House Press Correspondents Dinner

The whole affair is a bit sordid, and no one (seriously no one, not ever) will ever top Stephen Colbert's masterful showing.  But President Obama did get to have some fun...

You have to admire the sense of humor, and just how meta this all is.  I enjoyed it at least.

(via kottke)

Thursday, April 18, 2013

Me Thinks The Gentlemen Doth Protest Too Much

I was going to just let Brad Paisley and LL Cool J's tragic mistake of a song slide into oblivion, but then Colbert went and did this...

Plus, who doesn't love Alan Cumming (watch more BBC if you need to think about that, he crushes the Masterpiece opening segment every time)?

(via SE)

Handling Hecklers

Hecklers exist in pretty much every sport, many of them are pretty tame while others are nasty and extreme and are an ugly part of sports.  Most players manage to shrug most of it off and go about their business (see Robinson, Jackie for easily the best known and heroic example) while others occasionally lose their cool (often with good reason, sometimes without).

Tony Gwynn Jr. has a great response, that instantly wins the support of most other fans in the area...

This video from YouTube user Rockpile Ranter is from June of 2011 but just popped up on my radar on Deadspin via Big League Stew in a piece on recent, less subtle, reactions to baseball heckling.

Wednesday, April 17, 2013

Recent Reading

I have a back log of New Yorker's currently that has grown to an embarrassing length.  I'm picking my way through them though (this isn't like an overwhelming number of unreade entries in a feed reader where you can and should declare bankruptcy) and hoo boy was the March 18, 2013 issue a good one.

Jill Lepore took a hard and unsettling look at the US's legal history and behavior in the Guantanamo era (sorry, subscription only).

David Owen wrote about the Floridan aquifer and its sinkholes and springs and the rough go of it that the aquifer has had of late.  If you ever went on a glass bottom boat ride at Wakulla Springs treasure the memory (I know I will), the water isn't clear enough for them to bother running the glass bottom boats any longer (sorry, subscription only).

Jane Kramer did a great book review on Consider the Fork: A History of How We Cook and Eat by Bee Wilson and took a look at the evolution of how we eat as humans.  This one is available for everyone to read, and read it you should.

The whole issue is worth looking at if you have it sitting around.

Monday, April 15, 2013

History of Rap Part IV - They Just Keep Getting Better

This is easily my favorite installment...

Also I was amused at how many of the people in the audience seemed to not know the song or what was going on at the end.

Thank you Jimmy & Justin & the interwebs, thank you very much.

Sunday, April 14, 2013

A Smashing Beginning

The universe is a big and complicated place, we're glad it's here but most of us don't understand much about it at all.  The scientists who study the universe know a bit more about it but not as much as they'd like, which is why they're so intent on smashing atoms together.  Here's a great three minutes on the origins of the universe and the importance of particle accelerators...

This video is part of the TedEd project which has a lot of promise but isn't something I've spent much time checking out.

(via Crave)

The Danes Make Butter Look Good

Very good in fact...

...and I'm off to the grocery store.

(via FR)

Friday, April 12, 2013

The Republican Yada Yada Yada Strategy

Pretty much the Yada Yada Yada strategy is to just make stuff up and avoid any truths that are detrimental to your case; so pretty much everything that Republican politicians do and say these days.  Rand Paul took it to pretty historic level while giving a talk at Howard University the other day...

I yelled less well put together and polite things at the radio when I heard the standard NPR story on the event, so I figured I'd let Jon take this one.

(via TPM)

You're Gonna Need A Bigger Boat

That line never gets old, just like videos of sharks surprising kayakers never get old...

I can't tell if dude managed to land the fish or not.

(via LS)

Tuesday, April 2, 2013

Play Ball

How 'bout them Nats?

Tuesday, March 12, 2013

Paul Ryan's Coming For Your Health Care

That's what the man said...

Even if he probably wishes he hadn't, Charlie Pierce has been trying to point this out for what feels like years now.

(via RM)

Monday, March 11, 2013

Not Space Cowboys

But fans of Joss Whedon should know he's got a new Much Ado About Nothing adaptation coming out...

(via P&P on fb)

Sunday, March 10, 2013

Old Milwaukee

I have vague memories of Old Milwaukee ads being on the TV when I was a kid but I certainly haven't seen one live in years.

In the mid-west though, Old Milwaukee ads are going strong thanks in part to Will Ferrell...

I think I like that one best out of the selection that Laughing Squid pulled together.

Sun Light, Sun Bright

Remember when you used to try to burn ants with a little plastic magnifying glass when you were a kid?  Of course you do, this is like that only much much more so...

I can't help but wonder about what the more practical applications (if any) might be for a contraption like this.

(via LS)

Let's Get Real

Most people have a lot of trouble wrapping their minds around big numbers and the chunk of the wealth in America that the 1% is hanging on to is literally off the charts...

It's a good visual aid for just how out of whack the distribution of wealth is in the US these days and just how hard it is to actually understand and grapple with.  The 1% seems and sounds like it should be a mythic straw man that the rest of us are railing against, only it's a very real problem.

This video was all over of late, if you hadn't seen it yet I hope you take the time to watch it and share it now.

Saturday, March 2, 2013

Rubik's Cube Juggling

There is no shortage of impressive rubik's cube videos out there on the interwebs but this one has a pretty good twist (see what I did there?)...

The commentary is a little annoying but the feat itself is fantastic.

(via Crave)

Friday, February 22, 2013

A Government Of Cows

Well not exactly, but this graphic rendering of an updated take on an old joke is pretty great...

            A Tale of Two Cows

                A Tale of Two Cows infographic by kylatomdesign.


(via BOTM)

New Music

There are a lot of things that I stay pretty up to date on, suffice it to say that the Billboard Hot 100 chart is not one of them.  So I'm late to this party, but damn if it isn't fun...

Maybe the kids these days have some taste after all, and at least a bit of a sense of humor (which is awesome).  The WSJ's Speakeasy blog is right about Macklemore deserving a lot of credit for his vocal pro gay rights stance as well.

In related news the Billboard Hot 100 chart now counts you tube views, which is an interesting sign of the times to be sure.

Who Was Vivian Maier?

We know she took a lot of photographs, and apparently she was also a nanny and a super secretive or shy or just really withdrawn lady during her life...

This looks like a great little film, and it has my interest piqued in her work all over again.

(via kottke)

Thursday, February 21, 2013

Great White Sharks Not Always Demented Killing Machines

All too often sharks are presented as nothing more than stream lined, highly efficient predators and killing machines.  It isn't that they aren't apex predators (they definitely are) just that it isn't terribly fair that you pretty much only ever see them portrayed in fear laced videos and stories with blood in the water.

This video of Ocean Ramsey and a great white is more than a little different, it should make you pause and think at least a little bit about how you perceive sharks...

For more on sharks' cuddlier side check out Shark Stanley.

(video via LS)

Monday, February 11, 2013

The Bonny Ship The Diamond Goes A-Fishing For The Whale

They don't run whalers out of New Bedford these days, but they certainly still go fishing.  The upcoming documentary Leviathan provides a pretty unique look at what that experience is like...

Yep, no music or dialogue, just the sights and sounds of the boat.  Check out the website for more details.

(via LS)

Wednesday, February 6, 2013

Let's Talk About The Climate

You know you we should be listening to when it comes to climate change? Climate scientists.  You know who we end up listening to instead? All too often it's talking heads who are making things up ads they go along.

You could start changing that by listening to these mostly Australian climate scientists (first video is the clean version the second one is NSFW)...

(via SS)

Friday, February 1, 2013

It's Time To Dance

This video is everywhere at this point, but that's never stopped me from sharing something cool before...

Thursday, January 31, 2013

Rugby Disrupted

Kottke will break it down for you a little bit more, but at least take a look at this video.  Carlin Isles is playing a slightly different game than everyone else on the pitch...

Wednesday, January 30, 2013

A New View Of North Korea

Google Maps got a big face lift on the upper half of the Korean peninsula this week with North Korea going from a blank expanse to a fairly expansive map.

The New Yorker and WaPo both have write ups which report that the project was undertaken via google map maker by a group of what are being called "citizen cartographers".  The WaPo also has some cool before and after slider graphics, and of course there is the google blog post announcement as well.

No word (that I've seen) if the recent trip by google honcho Eric Schmidt to North Korea played any role or was purely coincidental.  His daughter, Sophie, wrote what is supposed to be a very engaging report on the trip (I haven't had a chance to read it yet).

Sunday, January 27, 2013

What The Kids Are Saying These Days...

Apparently YOLO is a thing, I'll go out on a limb and say it's the current apex of unnecessary acronymization.  I did enjoy the Loney Island exegesis though...

(via SE)  

Wednesday, January 23, 2013

Cool "Disco" Dan Lives

And his legend is told in a new documentary...

It's premiering at the AFI Silver in late February.

(via WP)

Tuesday, January 22, 2013

Don't Believe Your Eyes

People definitely didn't make these things before the interwebs...

Yeah, so, um, wow.  That pretty much looks 3D but it isn't.  FastCoDesign has the story.

(via TMN)

Carry On

Before the interwebs did anyone ever bother to set up a four part trombone cover of a Kansas song?  Were there even trombone quartets?

Seriously, this stuff keeps me up at night sometimes (not really).

(via LS)

Monday, January 21, 2013

President Obama's Second Inaugural

I thought President Obama gave a great speech today and I'm excited to hear what he will have to say at the State of the Union in a way that I haven't been for quite a while.  In short it feels like he is ready to lead and in so doing to strike out to win the important arguments of our time.

Instead of trying to give you some big breakdown of what he had to say I'm going to point you to some good takes from the professionals...

Greg Sargent had a good short rundown on the progressive underpinnings and current of the speech.

Ezra Klein looked at the indications that Obama is set on changing minds and leading the country into the future.

John Cassidy pointed out the push towards liberal and progressive goals and values.

And Richard Socarides called it possibly the most important gay rights speech to date.

In case you missed it here's the speech.  It was a good one...

International Cuisine At The ESPN Campus

They got a new chef in Bristol...

(via Eater)

Sunday, January 20, 2013

Waterfalls & Kayaks

They make an odd and exhilarating couple.  These guys headed down to the jungle near Veracruz and found some gorgeous waterfalls, set up some awesome shots, and then did some crazy ass...well you'll see...

For the record I have a 14 foot flat water boat.

(via LS)

Tuesday, January 15, 2013

Fix Things

I don't exactly have a need for this stuff right now, but I definitely just ordered some so I'd have it handy when I came up with a project / needed to fix something around the house...

Monday, January 14, 2013

Our Pale Blue Dot.

Carl Sagan is still sounding pretty good all these years later...

(via brainiac)

Feeding Our Children

Metaphorically, I suppose (not having any kids of my own); is nevertheless an increasingly troubling prospect for all too many Americans.  It's an issue that we can and should take on.  A film like this might be the kick in the pants that we need...

(via FI on fb)

Thursday, January 10, 2013


The answer to the ultimate question of life, the universe, and everything.

Also, Jackie Robinson's number...

(via HBT)

Saturday, January 5, 2013

Stacking Rocks

This dude definitely has some serious zen action going on...

He does much bigger installations which you can check out on his website.  The artist, Michael Grab, also gives some cool insight to the process etc there.

(via krulwich wonders by way of SF on fb)

Thursday, January 3, 2013

End Of The Year Tab Dump - Pop Science

It's the end of 2012 and my folder full of tabs / bookmarks that I've been meaning to share is over flowing.  The end of a year seems like a good enough reason to get them all out there for your perusal and it doesn't hurt that it will help get me up over the 100 post threshold for 2012 either.

We're gonna do this categorically, sort of at least, some other links ended up on twitter; check the sidebar for those or @hcoppola.

So we didn't get through everything on new year's eve, I had better things to do what can I say?  Which means the dump will continue to start off 2013.

For lack of a better term we're calling this gaggle Pop Science and hooooo it's a doozy...

Paul Krugman is a big fan of Asimov's Foundation Series, giving the books some credit for inspiring him to do what he does today. Both of those links are great, especially if you're a Krugman and Asimov fan.

Neil deGrasse Tyson is always trying to teach us something and for one of his newer projects he's enlisted the help of Wu-Tang's GZA.  That's right, Neil deGrasse Tyson ain't nothin to fuck with.

This is what happens when physicists get curious about how we walk around museums while we look at art.

Rory Sutherland expounds upon the importance of perspective...

Voyager is still going strong 35 years later.

Gizmodo went long on how Yahoo screwed up Flicker and 'lost the internet'.

Robert Sapolsky talks about dopamine and how it drives our behavior...

Dopamine Jackpot! Sapolsky on the Science of... by FORAtv

These next few are all mapping related, not surprisinglymany of them have to do with google:

Rich and Poor neighborhoods look different from above, enough so that you can pretty much differentiate them from space based on tree coverage.

Time took a look at google streetview's influence on art and photography.

The Atlantic geeked out about how google builds its maps and why the techniques used are important.

The Guardian also thought about how google maps has changed and is changing the world.
Ever wonder how supermarkets decide where to open?  Even if you haven't this presentation will make you wish you had.

Fractals are still really cool, and there are pictures to prove it.  Raise your hand if you played with that fractal trees program back in the day.

The BBC wants to help you make better decisions.  But not enough to stop them from slapping a copyright complaint on the full 50 minute youtube of this show.

There are other planets out there, some of them orbit Alpha Centauri.

Music has a shockingly large impact on how we view and interpret images.

That's all she wrote folks, thanks for playing.  We now return you to your regularly scheduled programming...

Tuesday, January 1, 2013

End Of The Year Tab Dump - Sports

It's the end of 2012 and my folder full of tabs / bookmarks that I've been meaning to share is over flowing.  The end of a year seems like a good enough reason to get them all out there for your perusal and it doesn't hurt that it will help get me up over the 100 post threshold for 2012 either.

We're gonna do this categorically, sort of at least, some other links ended up on twitter; check the sidebar for those or @hcoppola.

So we didn't get through everything on new year's eve, I had better things to do what can I say?  Which means the dump will continue to start off 2013.

These are the Sports items that I still have banging around...

A whole bunch of former NFL players sued over concussion related long term injury effects, including Skins great Art Monk.  A lot of important research into football and head trauma is ongoing at universities around the country.

There was this short doc on Pete Rose...

Bruins great Shawn Thorton did an interview with Boston's leading LGBT publication and talked about the potential and likelihood of having a gay teammate.  Bottom line: nobody better pick on him.

ESPN got into international football match fixing issues.

The Awl took a look at players who only got a cup of coffee in the show.

There was a doc about MLB recruiting in Latin America.

And SI went long on steroids in baseball (I still haven't read this one).

Only one more to go kids...

End Of The Year Tab Dump - Sea Level Rise & Climate Change

It's the end of 2012 and my folder full of tabs / bookmarks that I've been meaning to share is over flowing.  The end of a year seems like a good enough reason to get them all out there for your perusal and it doesn't hurt that it will help get me up over the 100 post threshold for 2012 either.

We're gonna do this categorically, sort of at least, some other links ended up on twitter; check the sidebar for those or @hcoppola.

So we didn't get through everything on new year's eve, I had better things to do what can I say?  Which means the dump will continue to start off 2013.

This is the whole mess of stuff that I thought you should know about but didn't get around to sharing that deals with Sea Level Rise and Climate Change; we're probably in some serious trouble here folks...

To start things off the NC State Legislature pretty much attempted to disbelieve sea level rise is happening.

Several groups and studies found that sea levels are rising quite a bit faster than previously thought or predicted. 

In the wake of the second devastating mutant late season hurricane to hit the NYC area there were at least a few calls to reconsider coastal flood insurance and living in flood zones.

Once again arctic sea ice melted at a new record rate and extent.

Ezra Klein highlighted the debate on climate and energy between proxies from the Obama and Romney campaigns.  It's still a disgrace that the candidates didn't talk about this problem at all.

Bill McKibben went long on the terrifying math of global warming.

Bloomberg BuisnessWeek ran the headline "It's Global Warming, Stupid"

New Scientist offered seven reasons that climate change is "even worse than we thought" and the New Yorker ran down the top ten signs of a warming planet.

Climate change is driving wild animals into our cities (at least in part).

In February it will have been 28 years since the last time we had a global monthly average temperature that was below normal.

And of course none of this is good news for the ski industry.

We're almost done, I promise.

End Of The Year Tab Dump - DC

It's the end of 2012 and my folder full of tabs / bookmarks that I've been meaning to share is over flowing.  The end of a year seems like a good enough reason to get them all out there for your perusal and it doesn't hurt that it will help get me up over the 100 post threshold for 2012 either.

We're gonna do this categorically, sort of at least, some other links ended up on twitter; check the sidebar for those or @hcoppola.

So we didn't get through everything on new year's eve, I had better things to do what can I say?  Which means the dump will continue to start off 2013.

This post is the collection of DC related things I meant to share.

I was really impressed with new Ward 5 Council Member Kenyan McDuffie after his appearance on Kojo.

In October Kojo and the City Paper teamed up on some polling work.

The Local Initiatives Support Corporation has had a lot to do with DC's resurgence and they're working to make sure that affordable housing remains available in DC.

Housing Complex took a look at DC housing issues and challenges using graphs and charts. Bottom line: house prices are outpacing income by a 3 to 1 margin over the last 40 years.

There is an elephant at the zoo who plays the harmonica.

There are 54 more Bikeshare locations coming to DC.

DC now has a bigger population than both Wyoming and Vermont yet continues to have no voting representation in Congress.  Our license plates say it best - Taxation Without Representation.

We're almost there gang...

End Of The Year Tab Dump - Seafood

It's the end of 2012 and my folder full of tabs / bookmarks that I've been meaning to share is over flowing.  The end of a year seems like a good enough reason to get them all out there for your perusal and it doesn't hurt that it will help get me up over the 100 post threshold for 2012 either.

We're gonna do this categorically, sort of at least, some other links ended up on twitter; check the sidebar for those or @hcoppola.

So we didn't get through everything on new year's eve, I had better things to do what can I say?  Which means the dump will continue to start off 2013.

Here's a bunch of stuff on Seafood, fisheries, and the state of the oceans that I meant to share with y'all...

Callum Roberts' new book The Ocean of Life came out (it's on my reading list) and he discussed the book and the fate and state of the oceans with The Economist and Diane Rehm.

The WaPo highlighted the need for fisheries reform to ensure long term sustainability of stocks and livelihoods.

Community Supported Fisheries work to meet these challenging goals and help generate long term solutions for the fishing industry and coastal communities.

This new design for a better trawl net is just one of the fronts in the search for sustainable fishing solutions.

Grist took a look at seafood ratings, which may or may not be making any difference.

Charlie Pierce pointed to new research showing that climate change is negatively impacting US fisheries and fish stocks.

University of MD researchers are developing plant based fish food that will help make aquaculture more sustainable.

The Cook Islands and New Caledonia became the latest Pacific Ocean nations to establish extensive marine reserves.

The Washington Monthly went long on the importance and plight of menhaden back in the spring and new menhaden regulations were passed in December.

This happened as part of an effort to bring attention to the shark finning issue...

And since my interest in fisheries work and issues stems from the fact that I find seafood delicious KCRW had a great look at the origins and continuing awesomeness that is sushi (use the buttons towards the bottom of the player to jump to the sushi sections).

We've got three more to go still gang...

End Of The Year Tab Dump - Guns

It's the end of 2012 and my folder full of tabs / bookmarks that I've been meaning to share is over flowing.  The end of a year seems like a good enough reason to get them all out there for your perusal and it doesn't hurt that it will help get me up over the 100 post threshold for 2012 either.

We're gonna do this categorically, sort of at least, some other links ended up on twitter; check the sidebar for those or @hcoppola.

So we didn't get through everything on new year's eve, I had better things to do what can I say?  Which means the dump will continue to start off 2013.

This one is on Guns.  We have a gun problem in America, it's an enormous problem and has been an elephant in the room for entirely too long.  I could go on and on and get pretty worked up over this one; instead I'm going to give you some of the things that I've read and that have resonated with me over the past couple of months.  Suffice it to say that the US is the only country in the world with the type of gun violence that we suffer from and it is both shocking and shameful.

In an earlier post this Gizmodo story about the secret online weapons store that will sell you anything would've been filed under some sort of wow look at what the internet has wrought and how online commerce is twisting and evolving and what are the rules and who has any kind of jurisdiction or enforcement capabilities.  Really though it's just emblematic of our gun crazed culture.

In the wake of the Newtown shootings Mother Jones has stepped up with a lot of typically (for them) well written, researched, and sourced pieces on the need for gun control and the inherent fallacy of the notion that we would be made safer by a more heavily armed society.

The writers at the New Yorker have written a lot for the magazine's website as the fall of 2012 erupted in mass shooting events, all of it was worth reading but these were the ones that I really wanted to share...

  • Adam Gopnik wrote after the Aurora shootings about how American is the only country in which mass shootings of this type are common and accepted.
  • Alex Koppelman wrote about the disgraceful silence of politicians in the wake of the Aurora shootings.
  • John Cassidy saluted Mayor Bloomberg for his work to advance gun control after the Newtown shootings.
  • Adam Gopnik passionately called for gun control and laid out the inarguable and simple facts that show that it works after the Newtown shootings.
  • David Remnick called on President Obama to at long last demonstrate leadership in tackling our gun problem and making America a safer place.
  • Jon Lee Anderson also wrote about the enduring shame that is America and Americans' acceptance of gun violence in our society.
  • Jeffery Toobin broke down the Second Amendment.
  • Alec Wilkinson wrote about his experience carrying a weapon as a small town police officer.
  • Amy Davidson eviscerated the pathetic notion that arming teachers would make students safer.
  • And a bunch of the writers got together to discuss the political battle for gun control in the magazine's weekly Political Scene podcast.
The NRA spends a lot more money than gun control groups do (although I heard someone on NPR talking about the fact that nearly all of the politicians who the NRA extensively backed and got directly involved in the campaigns of lost their elections this time around, sorry for not having that link).

Bob Costas caught flack for mentioning gun violence during a football game and the Daily Show weighed in...

David Cole took a look at America's gun culture and three of the books that go deeper into it for the New York Review of Books.

Firmin Debrabander wrote about the affects on and curtailing of freedom in an armed society.

Fareed Zakaria echoed Adam Gopnik's call for gun control and he closed with these words - "The problems that produced the Newtown massacre are not complex, nor are the solutions. We do not lack for answers. What we lack in America today is courage."

Fareed is right.