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The vanishing shopping mall →
marco: (via AZspot) This article’s full of amazing quotes. But there is no single “big fix” that will pump life back into downtowns full of boarded-up stores, says development expert Teresa Lynch. That means some communities will soon be without a mall or a thriving shopping district, leaving them with no central gathering place. “One of the biggest consequences of mall closings is the loss...
NY Times Magazine on the Tax Denial/Resistance... →
A surprisingly large movement, despite this centrally imposing fact: In the 96 years since the 16th Amendment was ratified, no one has yet to make a successful legal argument against the legitimacy of the income tax.
The New Yorker on Psychopathy →
Not sure how I missed this back in November, but The New Yorker put out a neat profile of how we currently understand psychopathy. One odd tangent: In another study, at the Bronx V.A. Medical Center, Hare, Joanne Intrator, and others found that psychopaths processed emotional words in a different part of the brain. Instead of showing activity in the limbic region, in the midbrain, which is the...
We laugh, that we may not cry.– Roger Ebert
Thank You Letter to The Streamys →
liana: Last night I went to The Streamys, the first annual web television awards. Some might think that new media, with its DIY philosophy, might create platforms where creative women could thrive. And the number of female presenters on stage last night seemed to back this notion up. But (joyfully!), each of these women, including writer, producer and actress Felicia Day –- herself the...
Panda Bear - I’m Not (sayCet Remix) (via blipblip...
Paint a song →
Easily the coolest interactive visualization of a song that I’ve ever seen. Totally worth the loading-time.
Neat Tools to Understand Wikipedia With
Wikirank - view the wax and wane of views for most articles, including the most popular and the ones experiencing the most rapid growth in attention. Wikipedia Vision - view anonymous changes to Wikipedia, plotted on a world map Wikiscanner - Not working at the moment due to an imminent upgrade, but this was the tool that let you associate edits with certain corporations/organizations/etc. The...
Robertson also introduced us to the term “TTP,” or...– The Onion’s AV Club recounting a Margaret Robertson presentation about how the videogame Spore is being used by classrooms. While the game’s evolution-esque mechanic isn’t being used by classrooms (for being too unweildy and unlike actual evolution), the character creator tools...
My project this afternoon was to do a shot-by-shot breakdown of this scene in The Dark Knight as part of an Aesthetics paper. The full thing runs just under 4 minutes from the beginning of the convoy to the batmobile crash (not the one in the vid, but about a minute after this). Even though I think of Nolan as one of the most confident directors today, the action sequence is still cut amazingly...
You know, a long time ago being crazy meant something. Nowadays everybody’s...– Charles Manson (via mercifuldiatribe)
c-quoia: thedailywhat: Movie Trailer of the Day: Spike Jonze’s Where The Wild Things Are gets its first official trailer! It premiered on Ellen for some reason. Due in theaters October 16. Get excited! [via.] This looks surprisingly awesome. YES YES YES
EEG studies going back to the nineteen-sixties have shown diffuse slowing of...– An amazing essay decrying the inhumanity of US prisons’ solitary confinement in the latest New Yorker.
Best Realtor Name Ever →
I did a double-take when I saw this on my trip to Lawrence last week, and it’s totally real and not intentionally ironic. Blew my mind.
I did absolutely no homework over spring break.
thebalaclava: I’m torn between feeling accomplished and feeling useless. I came to this realization last night, and suffered for it this morning. I could feel my brain make a big ker-chunk as it switched from the literary-criticism-mode of my spring break to the philosophy-mode required by three of my four classes. On the upside, though, I started an insurrection in my (Meta-)Ethics class this...
Recreating Eden: A Brief History of "City... →
Kyle Bingman’s fascinating overview of early urban utopia visions at the turn of the century that presaged Le Corbusier, Robert Moses, and the impulses that drove post-war suburban sprawl.
All my life I have struggled to make one authentic gesture.– Isadora Duncan
Thunderstorm starting up right before my biology...
Thank you Kansas weather for being consistently metaphorical in the most clichéd way imaginable.
Stephen Colbert has his much-anticipated rap battle with Michael Steele, albeit by interesting means.
We are not growing more intelligent, only more obsessed with its outward...– “The Age of Commodified Intelligence” in More Intelligent Life, a followup to their Winter ‘08 article “The Age of Mass Intelligence”
I was looking and all the songs for the Lord of the Rings musical look boring. “The Cat and the Moon” and “The Temptation of Frodo”? Sounds lame. I won’t go watch it unless they perform numbers like “One Does Not Simply Moonwalk Into Mordor!”
A writer is a person for whom writing is more difficult than it is for other...– Thomas Mann (via asmallhope and sarahsaturday) The worst is when you aspire to be a writer, trapped in the space between knowing what’s good and being able to achieve it.
I just took Dr. Drew's narcissism test and scored... →
Your score gets higher the more narcissistic you are, and the average score is 15.3 (celebs score about 17.8). Pretty sure that means I’m three answers away from non-existence, but I’m gonna go ahead and add on 10 bonus points for posting about this on my personal blog on the internet with my picture at the top. (test via fimoculous)
Amazing Household Physics Discovery
When I play the “Prelude” on The Decemberists’ Hazards of Love on my parent’s speakers in the kitchen/dining room, the subwoofer makes a standing wave that I can physically move around in, hearing the additive and subtractive interference throughout the room. Coolest Thing Ever.