Archive for the ‘Clusterflock’ tag

#  Youth and Aging →

March 11th, 2009 at 15:30 // In Worth Distraction 

It’s been a while since I’ve paid attention to Tales of Mere Existence. This one, via Andrew Simone, makes me wonder why I stopped.

#  Vestigial Foods →

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

I really like Mike Dresser’s idea.

#  The Declining Value of Information →

December 10th, 2008 at 21:30 // In Worth Considering 

Clay Shirky wrote this paper in 1997. His point is still sinking in:

The price of information has not only gone into free fall in the last few years, it is still in free fall now, it will continue to fall long before it hits bottom, and when it does whole categories of currently lucrative businesses will be either transfigured unrecognizably or completely wiped out, and there is nothing anyone can do about it.

(via Andrew Simone)

#  Beautiful People Scare Me →

November 18th, 2008 at 12:56 // In Worth Knowing 

As Deron summarizes: Seeing attractive women in magazines makes men more self-conscious and less inclined to ask a woman out.

#  Colored Pencil Graph →

November 11th, 2008 at 19:23 // In Worth Seeing 

This is my new favorite graph. I feel it should be categorized as something like data naturalism — though that sounds less cool than it should.

(via Clusterflock)

#  This !@#$ing Election →

November 1st, 2008 at 16:08 // In Worth Seeing 

One of the more interesting presentations of history I’ve seen. If I had one complaint, it would be that some of the references are too obscure for me to make sense of less than a year after they happened.

(via Clusterflock)

#  Best Obit Ever? →

September 27th, 2008 at 11:14 // In Worth Reading 

Via Clusterflock, Edward Merritt’s (presumably self-authored) obituary in the Dallas Morning News:

Merritt, Edward “Bruce” Born April 3, 1951 in North Carolina. He was one of eight children. His older sisters regularly beat him up, put him in dresses, and then forced him to walk to the drugstore to buy their Kotex and cigarettes. After graduation from high school he went on to lead a life of luxury in the United States Air Force. After excaping from the government he spent most of his life as a mechanic, husband, and father. Bruce Merritt never met a stranger, and in many ways was stranger than most. He is survived by one daughter, two grand- children, two ex-wives, unpaid taxes, and many loyal loving friends.

#  The Candidates’ Websites →

September 10th, 2008 at 19:00 // In Worth Distraction 

You’d have good reason to condemn this analysis as simplistic, silly, or absurd, but I think it’s just enough of all of those things to share. The real contrast: Obama’s site is written in PHP, McCain’s in ASP.

(via clusterflock)

#  Red and Attention →

August 11th, 2008 at 18:28 // In Worth Knowing 

The psychologists said [taekwandoe] competitors wearing red were awarded an average of 13 percent more points and the points seemed to increase after the blue athlete was digitally transformed into a red athlete and decrease when the red competitor turned blue.

I remember something similar going around about red cars getting more traffic tickets, but Snopes claims that that was false.

(via clusterflock)

#  The First Web Page →

July 30th, 2008 at 19:23 // In Worth Seeing 

Andrew Simone points to a piece of internet history.