Saturday, February 27, 2010

Occasional Links

Why the recession is lasting so long.

Communicating through touch.

Revolution in China?

Fairness is hard-wired into the brain.

What makes unemployment go down.

Noah's Ark was round.

Evolution is driven through constant warfare, not adaptation to the environment.

The rise of Asia.

Data über alles.

"The British are our friends."

Wednesday, February 24, 2010

Occasional Links

Real lives in North Korea.

Quark soup at 4 trillion degrees Celsius.

Japan's Mengele experiments.

The mathematical formula for movie shots.

How to watch the Olympics live.

How to deal with the recalcitrant public-sector unions.

Don't even think about having an abortion.

Finding the lowest fares.

The scale of the universe.

Europe is made in the USA.

Friday, February 19, 2010

Let me count the ways...


Thou art a fool," said my head to my heart,
"Indeed, the greatest of fools thou art,
To be led astray by trick of a tress,
By a smiling face or a ribbon smart;"
And my heart was in sore distress.

Then Phyllis came by, and her face was fair,
The light gleamed soft on her raven hair;
And her lips were blooming a rosy red.
Then my heart spoke out with a right bold air:
"Thou art worse than a fool, O head!"

The poem is by Paul Laurence Dunbar. The sign amidst the painted flowers of Big Johnson Bail Bonds' window says, "Get me out of the slammer and I'll be your Valentine." Valentine's Day is over, but I suppose it is too good of a slogan to waste.

Monday, February 15, 2010

Occasional Links

The oil export crisis has already arrived.

Iran will punch Western powers.

China starts to dump.

Is the Sahara blooming?

Spray-on liquid glass.

The social graph of the United States.

Two cheers for insensitive bosses.

We've misjudged China.

Why California is in trouble.

Is Beijing vacant?

Saturday, February 13, 2010

The Sound of English

Adriano Celentano, an Italian singer and comedian, sings his song Prisencolinensinainciusol. The lyrics are gibberish, but are meant to sound like English. It is a quite convincing attempt, and an English speaker's ears end up struggling to put the syllables together to form coherent words. Very odd.

It is from the post What English Sounds like to People in other Countries,  which has several other clips of people simulating the sound of English.

Another entertaining clip at that post is a woman, on the Bulgarian version of American Idol, singing Mariah Carey’s “Without You”. The phonetic subtitles of what she is actually singing are a hoot.

Monday, February 08, 2010

What might have been

Ah, the grand future we were promised...
These pictures of our glorious future, and more that follow after the jump,
are from Black and WTF which has an extremely eclectic collection of old pictures.

By the way, I wonder why the woman is holding a chicken in the first picture?

Thursday, February 04, 2010

Occasional Links

Life among the Taliban.

20 reasons why the US economy is dying and will not recover.

Four crashes, inflation adjusted.

Vegetative patients may be able to think after all.

The future of music?

Darwin's genetics uncovered.

Kill all the subsidies.

Natural gas for all.

What's the matter with Microsoft.

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