Archive for October 2008

#  Something Nice →

October 30th, 2008 at 20:54 // In Worth Reading 

Bob Greene asks voters to say something nice about the man they’re not voting for in the presidential election. (This would have made a good video.)

(via Waxy)

#  The Case Against Robert Rubin →

October 30th, 2008 at 20:50 // In Worth Knowing 

Timothy Noah’s hardly the first person to claim that the Democrat’s go-to economic wise men, Bob Rubin, should have to shoulder a piece of the blame for the current financial mess. But his arguments are clearly laid out, and worthy of a perusal for anyone with a faint interest in the topic.

#  Lego People →

October 30th, 2008 at 20:40 // In Worth Distraction 

A bit of toy history: Gizmodo has compiled a photographic timeline of all Lego “minifigs” ever made.

#  Photographing Graffiti →

October 30th, 2008 at 20:26 // In Worth Considering 

The Ideas Blog brings up a topic I’ve never considered: who deserves credit for a photo of graffiti (or other street art), the photographer or the creater of the object being photographed?

#  Copy and Paste →

October 30th, 2008 at 20:10 // In Worth Distraction 

A funny thing happens when you copy and paste the character on this page into a text editor. (via Waxy)

#  Seeing Coughs →

October 28th, 2008 at 18:20 // In Worth Seeing 

Though I don’t know how much scientific utiliy this has, it’s cool to see this schlieren photo of a person coughing. Also worthwhile: the story explaining the technique and a slideshow of more such photos.

#  Mad Men Sucks →

October 28th, 2008 at 17:47 // In Worth Reading 

Without question the critical consensus is that with The Sopranos and The Wire off the air, Mad Men is the best thing around. I’ve always had mixed feelings about it myself, but I’m glad simply to read someone (at length) discuss the show without slavishly showing their good tastes by being a fan. Perhaps the best bit:

Whether one finds all of this claustrophobic and ludicrous or tightly wound and compelling depends very heavily on one’s opinion of Don Draper. Draper, as written, is a kind of social savant. He knows how to act in every emergency. He deploys strategic fits of temper to attain his ends. He’s catnip to women. As played by Jon Hamm, though, his manner hardly matches his activities. … Draper is supposed to have a deep secret, but it would make sense only if that secret were his weakness – fearfulness or femininity – instead of the show’s anticlimactic revelation that his mother was a whore and he picked up another man’s identity on the battlefield in Korea: bizarre Gothicisms that belong to some other series. One never sees hunger or anger in Hamm’s eyes, only the misery of the hunted fox. Either he is playing the hero as a schlub in deference to a 21st-century idea of masculinity as fundamentally hollow and sham, or he’s completely underequipped to convey male menace.

#  Slate for Obama →

October 28th, 2008 at 15:22 // In Worth Knowing 

This shouldn’t shock anyone, but Slate’s staff is overwhelmingly pro-Obama. Bob Barr is getting as many votes from them as John McCain. And four times more people can’t vote as are voting for either of those two.

I’d love to see more publications try this out. I’d like to know the score at Time or The Economist.

#  Beard Chart →

October 28th, 2008 at 15:15 // In Worth Distraction 

An important resource. (via BuzzFeed)

#  The March to Print’s Inevitable Death →

October 28th, 2008 at 14:55 // In Worth Knowing 

Marc Ambinder points out that the venerable Christian Science Monitor is going to stop being a daily newspaper in April — it’ll become a weekly in print — and spend more time focusing on it’s web presence.