Archive for December 2008

#  The Year in Pictures →

December 31st, 2008 at 13:34 // In Worth Seeing 

The New York Times slideshow is well done.

(via kottke)

#  Blago’s Pick →

December 31st, 2008 at 13:10 // In Worth Considering 

If there’s any logic behind the embattled Illinois govenor making a pick of US Senator, I think Edward McClellen may have captured it:

You don’t like Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich’s pick for the U.S. Senate? What’s the matter with you? Don’t you want to see another black guy in the World’s Most Exclusive Club?

#  A Year in 40 Seconds →

December 31st, 2008 at 12:29 // In Worth Seeing 

If you’ve not watched this video (in HD) yet, you should. Also interesting: the making of.

#  2008’s Notable Blogs →

December 31st, 2008 at 11:11 // In Worth Seeing 

You don’t have to agree with everything on Rex’s list to recognize that it’s probably one of the best end-of-year lists you’ll see.

#  Vestigial Foods →

December 30th, 2008 at 13:33 // In Worth Considering 

I really like Mike Dresser’s idea.

#  Who’s Afraid of “Administration”? →

December 29th, 2008 at 13:18 // In Worth Considering 

Catherine Rampell thinks people spend too much time worrying about high administration costs when giving to charity:

While there is something to be said for charities that know how to keep their administrative costs under control, lower costs are not always better. For example, many nonprofits seem to cut corners on backroom tasks like bookkeeping and record-keeping because these expenses aren’t viewed as critical to the “mission.” But spending less money on such administrative costs can actually make a charity less effective because it invites embezzlement, a crime that perpetually afflicts nonprofit organizations.

#  Ekranoplanes →

December 29th, 2008 at 12:29 // In Worth Knowing 

An old friend’s first venture into “e-junk” taught me a bit of science and history:

These things are some of the biggest planes ever built. The largest, dubbed the Caspian Sea Monster, was longer than a football field, could move over 1000 tonnes of cargo, and crossed the Caspian at speeds over 250mph. The Soviets kept the project secret, so you can imagine the poor fishermen who undoubtedly found themselves in the path of these speeding behemoths. Keep in mind they never flew more than a few meters above the water.

#  Space Video →

December 29th, 2008 at 11:48 // In Worth Seeing 

Kottke’s right: this video of one of Jupiter’s moons, as taken from the Hubble Space Telescope, looks like (fairly marginal) CGI.

#  The Coup in Guinea →

December 28th, 2008 at 19:00 // In Worth Reading 

In a further effort to lessen my — and your — ignorance of current events: The Cliff Notes version of the recent Guinean coup.

#  The Gaza Situation →

December 28th, 2008 at 18:56 // In Worth Knowing 

If only to establish my present ignorance of current events, I was until today largely unaware of the widening problem of Gaza. One could trace the beginning to the complete Israeli blockade — as Sara Roy does — but the widely reported cause is an Israeli desire to lessen the rocket attacks.