Archive for November 2008

#  Black Friday Massacre →

November 28th, 2008 at 14:32 // In Worth Knowing 

Perhaps that’s a little over-dramatic, but this is a story that just makes you want to yell, “WHAT THE FUCK!?” An unidentified Walmart employee was killed in Long Island when trampled by a crowd of consumers who had broken the door off its hinges to get inside.

I’m not quite sure what to say. Though I don’t agree with Marco Arment on everything he has to say about the event, I think he captures some of what I’m thinking.

#  Rules for My Unborn Son →

November 26th, 2008 at 18:43 // In Worth Seeing 

I don’t actually think that all of these are good rules, but it’s the most intereseting Tumblr I’ve seen in a while.

(via the via on the aforementioned Metafilter post)

#  Minims →

November 26th, 2008 at 17:43 // In Worth Distraction 

Via MetaFilter, Thomas Weller’s collection of fun and straightforward expressions that are definately not maxims.

#  The Long, Strange History of Zima →

November 26th, 2008 at 16:33 // In Worth Reading 

Not sure why, but I was rather fascinated by Brendan Koerner’s chronicle of the history of Zima, which finally ceased production a few months ago. It’s an interesting story in the way corporations try to work brands and the invention of beers marketed as non-beers.

#  Why America Hates Detroit →

November 26th, 2008 at 11:43 // In Worth Considering 

There’s no doubt in my mind that this doesn’t capture everyone, but this seems like a reasonable explanation of most of the opposition to the auto industry bailout:

Most Americans simply no longer identify with the domestic auto industry (or with the states of Michigan and Ohio). To the Southerners who now make up the core constituency of the Republican Party, it’s a bunch of coddled, unionized workers trying to get handouts that the South’s auto industry (Toyota, Hyundai, Nissan, Mercedes, BMW …) doesn’t need. To the coastal urbanites and suburbanites who now make up the core constituency of the Democratic Party, it’s an industry that makes crappy big cars and fights against higher fuel efficiency standards. And to the business press it’s the worst thing of all: a trio of companies that are neither exciting nor financially successful.

(via Passport)

#  Addictionary →

November 26th, 2008 at 10:36 // In Worth Knowing 

A beautiful, well-designed (and apparently smut-free) alternative to Urban Dictionary, the coolest feature about Addictionary is probably that you can request a word for your definition of a new thing.

(via Neatorama)

#  A Simplified Interstate Map →

November 26th, 2008 at 10:26 // In Worth Seeing 

This thing made me go “Wow!” It’s a map of America’s Interstate highways smoothed into a series of straight lines, like a subway map.

(via Snarkmarket)

#  Where Will He Go? →

November 24th, 2008 at 18:19 // In Worth Knowing 

The Economist provides a handy charts with the odd on where President Obama will visit first. Britain’s way ahead, if you’re too lazy to click.

#  LIFE on Google →

November 24th, 2008 at 18:07 // In Worth Seeing 

You’ve probably seen this by now, but if you haven’t, now you have.

#  Mother Issues

November 24th, 2008 at 17:52 // In Worth Considering 

William Saletan has two recent piece about motherhood that caught my eye. They are, as usual, full of interesting but vaguely tangential ideas.

The first is about grandmother surrogacy:

Take the Japanese case from a couple of years ago. Japanese law treated the child’s gestational mother—the genetic grandmother—as its legal mother. Therefore, the genetic mother had to adopt the child from her own mother. In the Virginia case, the genetic dad ended up telling reporters, “Mommy’s doing fine. Not this mommy. Grandma mommy.” Imagine looking at your mom and realizing that in a way, she’s your sister. Imagine getting into an argument with your mother-in-law over the way you’re raising your kids—religion, discipline, whatever—and realizing that in a way, she’s their mother.

The second is about, well, this: “What’s the next best thing to having your own baby? Having your identical twin’s baby.”