Archive for June 10th, 2009

Ninja Bachelor Party

A half-hour film created by Bill Hicks (and co.), before he started beying and screaming at plodding audiences. As if I couldn’t love this man enough, I watch this. Please; you watch it too.

The GOP Are A Pack Of Tweeting Nimrods

A thoughtful piece by Slate on the current trend of senior Republican politicans using Twitter as a means to spread their idiocy. From the article:

“Recently, former House Speaker Newt Gingrich called Sonia Sotomayor a racist, and current Iowa Sen. Chuck Grassley rebuked President Obama: “Pres Obama you got nerve while u sightseeing in Paris to tell us ‘time to deliver’ on health care. We still on skedul/even workinWKEND,” wrote Grassley in the shortened vernacular of the form. Soon thereafter, he Tweeted: “Pres Obama while u sightseeing in Paris u said ‘time to delivr on healthcare’ When you are a ‘hammer’ u think evrything is NAIL I’m no NAIL.”

Regardless of your political views, this kind of behavior should be encouraged. Press secretaries and strategists from both parties have been conspiring to hide the true views of their political clients for years now. So anything that allows politicians to give full expression to the id is to the good. It injects unpredictability, randomness, and texture (or txtur as Grsly wd type it) into our politics.

It also helps cut to the chase. Gingrich saved us all several days of asking GOP leaders to explain their euphemisms. We learned where everyone stood pretty quickly (which is to say that most of them stood far away from Gingrich).”

The Passaic Police Department Will Beat You For Being Homeless and Barrel Chested

Aside from being a horrifyingly horrible display of wanton police brutality, I do love all the gaping onlookers. You know, the people who idle up to the confrontation. Makes me think of Watchmen (those who know the book and not the movie will potentially know what I’m talking about. Potentially).

AMERICA OR BURST

I loved the shit out of this show. Bronson Pinchot made me laugh so hard milk came out of my nose and ears. Gross!

TXT Island

Phenomenal stop-motion animation. See more of the filmmaker’s work here.

Web 2.0 is the 1,000,000th English Word

Ugh. We should be tremendously proud (though it certainly could have been worse; could have been “tweeting”). From the Global Language Monitor:

“Austin, Texas June 10, 2009 – The Global Language Monitor today announced that Web 2.0 has bested Jai Ho, N00b and Slumdog as the 1,000,000th English word or phrase. added to the codex of fourteen hundred-year-old language. Web 2.0 is a technical term meaning the next generation of World Wide Web products and services. It has crossed from technical jargon into far wider circulation in the last six months. Two terms from India, Jai Ho! and slumdog finished No. 2 and 4. Jai Ho! Is a Hindi exclamation signifying victory or accomplishment; Slumdog is an impolite term for children living in the slums. Just missing the top spot was n00b, a mixture of letters and numbers that is a derisive term for newcomer. It is also the only mainstream English word that contains within itself two numerals. Rounding out the final five were another technical term, cloud computing, meaning services that are delivered via the cloud (or Internet), and a term from the Climate Change debate, carbon neutral. At its current rate, English generates about 14.7 words a day or one every 98 minutes.”

Scientists Make Virus That Eats Cancer

In layman’s terms, of course. From the article:

“Scientists at Oxford University have tamed a virus so that it attacks and destroys cancer cells but does not harm healthy cells.  They determined how to produce replication-competent viruses with key toxicities removed, providing a new platform for development of improved cancer treatments and better vaccines for a broad range of viral diseases.”

The only problem is, they didn’t anticipate how we’ll have to shut down the virus when it becomes a rogue agent. We get a cat to kill the mice; next, we’re going to need a dog. Then a bunch of other animals. Then back to mice, because I think they scare away the elephants. Pleasae, someone know what I’m talking about.

The Work of James Roper

See more of James’ work here.

The Internet, Foretold, in 1934

Fuck Nostradamus; Paul Otlet is where the money’s at.

A Few Graphs Concerning Evolutionary Acceptance Levels in These United States