Posts Tagged ‘McSweeney's’
* Clay Shirky, getting right to the point: “MOOCs are a lightning strike on a rotten tree.” Okay, now we’re getting honest! Let’s have that conversation.
* Some people like to claim that minorities can’t take jokes; those people have never had to try to take a joke. The frat in question, incidentally, has already managed to be re-suspended.
* A brief history of the first eleven Lady Doctors Who.
* I’m extremely disappointed to report I haven’t read a single one of the 10 Weirdest Science Fiction Novels That You’ve Never Read.
* The Master of The Master of Disguise has watched the Dana Carvey flop 21 times since November.
* And just to see if Tim Wientzen read down this far: when Joyce sketched Bloom.
* 2013 in franchise science fiction, from io9. Only Brad Bird’s 1952 can save us now.
First, they came for unregulated handguns in the possession of citizens with violent criminal records, and I said, “You know, that sounds reasonable. Someone with a violent criminal record has probably lost his or her right to possess a handgun. So, yeah, sounds good.”
Then they came to require background checks, gun licenses, and regular gun safety courses, and I said, “All of this sounds fine to me. Guns are dangerous, and we regulate every other dangerous product. So, really, whatever you want to do on this is also fine.”
Then they came for my assault rifle, and I said, “Assault rifles? You should have started with assault rifles. You’re doing this backwards. But OK, of course you can have my assault rifle. Why do I need an assault rifle?”
Then they came to guarantee mental health care to everyone, because our treatment of our most vulnerable citizens is a measure of our dignity as a society, and I said, “This one is obvious. In fact, I can’t believe we HAVEN’T been guaranteeing mental health care for everyone who needs it. Let’s get going on this.”
* And just one political link: The high price of being single in America.
* ‘This is why, back to The Dark Knight Rises, the only authentic love in the film is Bane’s, the “terrorist’s,” in clear contrast to Batman’: Žižek (or someone claiming to be Žižek) reads The Dark Knight Rises.
* What everybody gets wrong about Jekyll and Hyde. Bracket that “everybody” and it’s a decent reading of the novel.
* After Wade Michael Page, the suspect in the Wisconsin Sikh temple shooting, was fired from a Harley Davidson shop in 2004, he left behind an application to join the Ku Klux Klan. What’s on the KKK application form?
* And July was the hottest month ever recorded. Enjoy your apocalypse.
* Life advice from Neil Gaiman: Make good art.
* Too ignorant to know it can’t be done: Teenager reportedly finds solution to 350-year-old math problem.
* From the too-good-to-check files: McSweeney’s interviews a safecracker.
Q: Do you ever look inside?
A: I NEVER look. It’s none of my business. Involving yourself in people’s private affairs can lead to being subpoenaed in a lawsuit or criminal trial. Besides, I’d prefer not knowing about a client’s drug stash, personal porn, or belly button lint collection.
When I’m done I gather my tools and walk to the truck to write my invoice. Sometimes I’m out of the room before they open it. I don’t want to be nearby if there is a booby trap.
* Somebody awesomely trolled the New York state assessment exam.
* Concluding that racial bias played a significant factor in the sentencing of a man to death here 18 years ago, a judge on Friday ordered that the convict’s sentence be reduced to life in prison without parole, the first such decision under North Carolina’s controversial Racial Justice Act.
* Abigail Nussbaum says The Cabin in the Woods wasted a perfectly good plot.
Once you know The Cabin in the Woods‘s twist it’s impossible not to think of the film like this, and to have used this rich vein of story for little more than a metafictional gag seems like a criminal waste.
* And there are struggles deeper than the struggle with God: The Stages of Grading.
* National Geographic: “Zombie” Ants Found With New Mind-Control Fungi. (Thanks Erica!)
* Income inequality in the U.S., Egypt, China, and elsewhere. Via Christina by way of Tim.
* The Bureau of Labor Statistics highlights women at work. The number you’re looking for is 81.2 cents on the dollar.
* Demystifying everything: Blue eyes not actually blue.
* And McSweeney’s has an important report from H.P. Lovecraft’s First Day as a Substitute Teacher at Arkham Junior High School.
* Obama’s State of the Union is here. I didn’t watch, but I saw enough on Twitter to see that Obama didn’t learn his lesson the first time he announced a spending freeze. So stupid.
* Planned Parenthood tries to head off another moronic right-wing hoax—by calling the FBI.
* Why Johnny can’t learn: “Sexy News Anchors Distract Male Viewers.”
Q. Why did the blonde drive into the ditch?
A. She was overtaken with despair. No one was awaiting her arrival.
How exactly your female lead will end up unintentionally naked is up to you, but bear in mind that the situation will reveal a great deal about the kind of sexy young woman she is…
Q: Do I have to kill the snake?
A: University guidelines state that you have to “defeat” the snake. There are many ways to accomplish this. Lots of students choose to wrestle the snake. Some construct decoys and elaborate traps to confuse and then ensnare the snake. One student brought a flute and played a song to lull the snake to sleep. Then he threw the snake out a window.
* You had me at “Max Headroom broadcast signal intrusion incident.” Thanks Dad.
* The New York Times reviews Anne Dick’s PKD biography.
* LOL denialists: An influential 2006 congressional report that raised questions about the validity of global warming research was partly based on material copied from textbooks, Wikipedia and the writings of one of the scientists criticized in the report, plagiarism experts say.
* LEGO, you know I trust you, but I’m not sure about this.
* Psychologists use the term “irrational antagonism” to describe what happens between people isolated together for more than about six weeks… IN SPACE!
* What have you learned from your many years of monkey torture? They hate it. Monkeys hate flying squirrels, report monkey-annoyance experts.