Gerry Canavan

the smartest kid on earth

Friday Morning!

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* Waste your weekend the Manufactoria way. This is one of the best flash games I’ve ever played, I think—it hits the same sweet spot of manic focus for me as doing discrete math problems did back in college. (Thanks, Neil!)

* xkcd finds an impressive new angle on the ancient killing-Hitler time-travel gag.

* Saturday Morning Breakfast Cereal has a clever about a cliched political metaphor.

* Photos of People Riding Invisible Bikes.

* Superhero photobombs. (Thanks, Lindsey!)

* Tom Chatfield interviews China Miéville.

Tom: Today, of course, you go online, and you can see that the Wikipedia entries for something like Star Trek: The Next Generation episodes are higher quality, better-referenced, longer and better-researched than many entries about the Second World War. You have this strange inversion in collective belief and emphasis, which ends up generating a lot more material a lot more confidently around the small stuff than the big stuff.

China: This is one of the bad things about the geekocratic moment. Even speaking as someone who loves geek culture at its best, nevertheless I think the sense of priorities is often skewed to the point of being demented.

Tom: Passion is very distorting. If the only reference you have is the strength of your own feeling, and you don’t temper it with something like a sense of social good or importance…

China: Yes, if you don’t contextualize it, it becomes disaggregated from totality—and ultimately it’s totality that one is interested in, social totality.

* The Two Guys from Andromeda are on Kickstarter looking for funds for what sounds like an unofficial Space Quest sequel.

* And in a rare bit of good news: Justice Department Demands Florida Stop Purging Voter Rolls.

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  1. Sorry to spoil your fun, but I think the “quantum leap” metaphor is used to describe a move from one condition to another with no tranistory phase.

    abushri

    June 1, 2012 at 10:25 am

    • Right, but on extremely tiny scales!

      http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Atomic_electron_transition

      gerrycanavan

      June 1, 2012 at 10:29 am

      • I know, but it’s a metaphor, so one can ignore scale. It’s like saying, “We are moving from point a to point b, and there will be no line in the middle that connects them.” (Then I think to myself, Can one use a metaphor without taking into account all obvious aspects of it? Not sure on that one.)

        abushri

        June 1, 2012 at 10:42 am

  2. And by tranistory, I meant transitory.

    abushri

    June 1, 2012 at 10:26 am

    • i’m pretty sure people use metaphors all the time without taking into account all aspects of it…or really any aspects of it. :)

      Lindsey

      June 1, 2012 at 6:31 pm

  3. i thought they were just referencing the TV show

    Vu

    June 2, 2012 at 2:00 pm


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