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June 30, 2007

Prehistoric music Instruments from Ireland and beyond, and the sounds they made.
Are Canadians stupid?
Bad Spock Drawings.

June 29, 2007

David Lynch's Dune... overdubbed. A parody re-release trailer for David Lynch's 1984 cult-classic DUNE.
Curious George. My gooseberry bush has exploded this year, and I have a bumper crop of the lovely green sour things. Now what can I do with them all?
Bloxorz. Friday Flash Fun with sublime graphics, super gameplay and scintillating sound. Via ABS.

June 28, 2007

Make your photo into a Wall Street Journal style hedcut. How cool is that? caveat emptor: photoshop tutorial, not a webmachine.
The last episode of Red vs. Blue: Why were we here? [Via.]
An armada of rubber duckies is heading for Britain. The vast flotilla of 29,000 plastic yellow ducks, blue turtles and green frogs broke free from a cargo ship 15 years ago. Since then they have travelled 17,000 miles, now they are heading straight for Britain.
"It's like looking at the sun..." Summer is here, and girl-watching season is upon us. And, of course, some guys take it too far. And as a result, find their pictures and stories of street harassment posted on HollabackNYC, or one of the other local sites.
Clown Training
Viking age Inca bones found in ... Norway? Shurely shome mishtake? - Ed

June 27, 2007

The CIA's "Family Jewels" document was released to the National Security Archive yesterday, 15 years after the Archive filed a Freedom of Information request for the documents. The document consists of almost 700 pages of responses from CIA employees to a 1973 directive from Director of Central Intelligence James Schlesinger asking them to report activities they thought might be inconsistent with the Agency's charter. more inside
On baby names. Parents are feeling intense pressure to pick names that set their kids apart. Some are even hiring consultants. The Wall Street Journal on the art of 'branding' your newborn.

June 26, 2007

Giant penguins. GRR!
The Dramatic Chipmunk - (which is in fact a Prairie Dog, itself not a dog but a rodent). YouTube clip, 5 sec, AUDIO required(!), SFW. I cannot believe this hasn't been posted... more inside
60 years of UFOs. I particularly enjoyed the Project Serpo reference; I'd never heard of it before.
Incarcerex: It's Time for a New Bottom Line. [As requested, via MeFi.]

June 25, 2007

The challenge of being a heterodox economist. After grabbing a free drink in the Friedman reception, I strike up a conversation with economist Michael Perelman in the hallway... Perelman, who is there for the EPI reception, works at the margins of the discipline; he is one of a few hundred self-described "heterodox" economists at the conference. His last book, Railroading Economics, was about the creation of the "free market mythology"... I ask him about how he relates to the so-called mainstream of his profession. "It's a mafia," he says quietly, his eyes roving over to the suits spilling out of the Freedom to Choose room. more inside
Fundamental physics in 2010 (low-quality flash video): a talk by notable theoretical physicist Nima Arkani-Hamed, professor at Harvard, as delivered to the Perimeter Institute for Theoretical Physics in February 2007. He gives a great introduction to the status and crises in the Standard Model of Particles and Interactions, together with his impression of how the Large Hadron Collider (LHC) with its unprecedented ability to make observations in the 10-19m range will change the model. The talk should be accessible to a general audience.
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