Archive for the ‘Boing Boing’ tag

#  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)

#  Daily Show Video Archives →

August 18th, 2008 at 19:14 // In Worth Reading 

If, like me, you’ve always wondered what technological wizardry allows for The Daily Show’s impressive ability to amass clips of political and media foibles, the answer is: very little. An explanation from a former researcher:

It’s literally 15 rack-mounted TiVos of various models, many from the pre-Series 2 era. Some Philips boxes, some Sonys. And because there’s a limited number of remote codes, when a staffer operates one, he has to hold the remote directly against that box’s IR receiver so that the beam doesn’t hit any of the other boxes (i.e., so he’s not inadvertently controlling multiple boxes at once). No joke!

(via Boing Boing)

#  Nollywood →

August 12th, 2008 at 18:35 // In Worth Seeing 

Though I think giving Nigeria’s active but low-budget film scene an “-ollywood” is tacky, these are some interesting (and graphic) photos of it.

(via Boing Boing)

#  My Neighbor, Radovan Karadzic →

July 22nd, 2008 at 20:14 // In Worth Knowing 

Jasmina Tešanović was neighbors with the recently apprehended (accused) genocider. Its interesting, but not terribly surprising:

To judge by the chatter on my B92 blog and the phone messages I get from my friends: as I long suspected, “Europe’s Osama bin Laden” and I have been neighbors. We shared the same food, saw the same beggars in downtown Belgrade where he had been hiding all these years, a genocidal butcher disguised as a New Age quack.

A journalist who lives close to me sent me an sms: Karadzic must have been drinking beer with our gypsy neighbor in the street. As we all suspected, or as some of us surely knew: Karadzic was hiding from justice behind our names and our daily lives, using the Serbian population as his living shields.

For a broader perspective on the Karadzic arrest, try this Economist story.

#  A Politician’s Comic →

July 17th, 2008 at 21:13 // In Worth Distraction 

I may have come to expect a broad spectrum of odd behavior from local politicians, but some things still surprise me:

Oklahoma County, Oklahoma Commissioner Brent Rinehart is facing a tough reelection campaign.  He’s been accused of abusing his office for personal gain, and will go on trial in the fall on felony campaign finance charges.  But apparently, this is all a conspiracy of homosexuals, liberal do gooders, and good ol’ boys to force Rinehart out of office.  Rinehart lays out his case in a comic book he’s sending out to voters, which—you may be surprised to learn—he wrote and illustrated himself.

The title link features a few pages, but you can also view the thing in it’s entirety as a PDF.

(via Boing Boing)

#  Random Music

July 14th, 2008 at 20:13 // In Worth Seeing 

Three random things:

#  Of Party and Occupation →

June 14th, 2008 at 8:54 // In Worth Distraction 

Though I question the statistical value of these numbers, Mother Jones’s list of party identification by occupation is full of interesting thoughts. Consider, for example, that 65% of plastic surgeons identified as Republicans, but only 28% of pediatricians.

(via Boing Boing)

#  Take A Nap →

June 11th, 2008 at 12:15 // In Worth Knowing 

A recent study found that an afternoon nap is the best way to prevent you from… taking an afternoon nap? Maybe it’s just me, but this seems like an absurd study:

When the volunteers did nothing, they fell asleep within nine minutes on average when tested at 3:30 in the afternoon. Sleeping late kept people awake only a minute longer on average than did doing nothing. Caffeine worked better, keeping people awake for about 12 minutes longer on average.

But nothing beat a nap. After a 20-minute nap, people nearly doubled the amount of time it took to fall asleep when tested later in the afternoon, indicating that they were no longer sleepy. None of the measures impaired people’s ability to fall asleep at night.

(via Boing Boing)

#  Giving Away £5 →

June 6th, 2008 at 18:05 // In Worth Knowing 

Calling to mind this story, a British website paid people to stand on the street with “If you ask me for a £5 note you can have it” sandwich boards. They report surprisingly low acceptance of the offer.

(via Boing Boing)

#  Photos of Freeway Interchanges →

May 22nd, 2008 at 16:49 // In Worth Seeing 

File this one under “surprisingly compelling.” May I recommend the slideshow?

(via Boing Boing)