Archive for August 2008

#  With Child, With Cancer →

August 30th, 2008 at 13:11 // In Worth Reading 

(I tried for five minutes to come up with a better title, I couldn’t.) Pamela Paul has an interesting article in tomorrow New York Times Magazine about the difficulty of fighting cancer — which seems to be made more likely by pregnancy — while still protecting the health of the fetus. The basic dilemma:

“She was afraid not to be treated for cancer, but she was afraid to expose her fetus to drugs,” Cardonick recalled when I spoke to her recently. It was perhaps the ultimate maternal conflict: choosing between the biological imperatives for self-preservation and procreation.

#  London at Night →

August 30th, 2008 at 10:45 // In Worth Seeing 

Photographed from above. On The Big Picture.

If those lines aren’t enough to make you view this one, nothing else I say will.

#  Fifty States of Wine →

August 30th, 2008 at 10:31 // In Worth Distraction 

I thought this line, noted by Noreen Malone, was good enough to share. After tasting the spit bucket after a sampling of wines from a smattering of American states, Joel Stein writes:

As I took a swig and swirled it around to gross out my friends, I thought it tasted like America. It was sweet, funky, simple, aggressive and not as bad as you’d been led to believe.

#  Moon Exploration

August 27th, 2008 at 22:37 // In Worth Seeing 

Neatorama points to some interesting maps. Basically: the total area of the moon covered by the Apollo 11 astronauts was smaller than a soccer field. Or, if they landed on a baseball diamond, they hardly left the infield.

#  Simmering Kashmir →

August 27th, 2008 at 22:12 // In Worth Considering 

I wasn’t quite sure how to read a recent story in The Economist about demonstrations in Kashmir. Pankaj Mishra says that its clear evidence that if the Indian government doesn’t change its ways, it risks creating a new generation of motivated international terrorists.

A new generation of politicized Kashmiris has now risen; the world is again likely to ignore them — until some of them turn into terrorists with Qaeda links. It is up to the Indian government to reckon honestly with Kashmiri aspirations for a life without constant fear and humiliation. Some first steps are obvious: to severely cut the numbers of troops in Kashmir; to lift the economic blockade on the Kashmir Valley; and to allow Kashmiris to trade freely across the line of control with Pakistan.

#  Of Rio

August 27th, 2008 at 21:48 // In Worth Knowing 

Another coincidence worth noting:

  • The Big Picture has a great set of photos of life in Rio de Jinaro.
  • While at Passport, Patrick Fitzgerald argues that the IOC should make Rio the host of the 2016 Summer Olympics. Though his argument is at times tepid, I find myself in agreement.

#  Awesome Bridges →

August 27th, 2008 at 21:29 // In Worth Seeing 

This bridges are literally awesome. If you don’t take a look, you’re really missing out.

(via Neatorama)

#  A Slave’s Reply →

August 27th, 2008 at 21:19 // In Worth Reading 

A bit of history was Twittered into my lap today. Jourdan Anderson writes his former master in 1865 to decline — or more accurately, ask for more details about — an invitation to return to his plantation. This may be my favorite part:

…we have concluded to test your sincerity by asking you to send us our wages for the time we served you. This will make us forget and forgive old scores, and rely on your justice and friendship in the future. I served you faithfully for thirty- two years and Mandy twenty years. At $25 a month for me, and $2 a week for Mandy, our earnings would amount to $11,680. Add to this the interest for the time our wages has been kept back and deduct what you paid for our clothing and three doctor’s visits to me, and pulling a tooth for Mandy, and the balance will show what we are in justice entitled to. Please send the money by Adams Express, in care of V. Winters, esq, Dayton, Ohio.

#  It Eats Itself →

August 26th, 2008 at 20:01 // In Worth Distraction 

There’s something about this “Anthropomorphic Cannabalism” Flickr set that’s undeniably good.

(via Boing Boing)

#  Being Replaced

August 25th, 2008 at 20:58 // In Worth Knowing 

Two potential replacements for myself: