An (long and detailed) economics interview with... →
The most wide-ranging and revealing interview with Obama that I’ve seen on economic matters since he started his presidency. It has plenty of wonkish details, nerdy tangents, and everything else you’d hope for from someone immersed in the task of climbing our way out of the recession. (It even has footnotes which are awesome and I love them.)
The David Foster Wallace Audio Project →
zucherman: themadeshop: Holy. Shit. (for Zachary, Nathan, Kelly, Ronen, and maybe Jared [if he can get past that McCain piece I’m not positive he actually read]) Holy. Shit. Indeed. My morning’s productivity has been shot, and happiness is a warm gun. This will keep me busy for quite some time.
Gratuitous Pictures Of Your Dorm Wednesday: Putnam Hall Edition! Last night was the leadership banquet for the Housing department here at K-State, and each hall produced a video to showcase their events that year. Ours was totally the best.
I find it interesting that it was back in the 1970s that the swine flu broke out...– Congresswoman Michele Bachmann, (R-Crazy) Only it happened in ‘76 under President Ford. (via notthatkindagay and robot-heart-politics) I hope Representative Bachmann gets re-elected forever; she’s a gift that keeps on giving crazy amazing quotes like this.
Senator Specter (R-PA) just switched political...
Yep, he’s joining the Democratic Party in advance of running in the 2010 primary. This will give the Democratic caucus 60 votes once this business with Franken works itself out, which is enough to avoid a filibuster if every Democrat votes for cloture. He has a statement out explaining his choice. (But probably the real reason is that his poll numbers looked AWFUL against his challenger for...
The sentence “I never said she stole my money” can have seven different meanings...– A neat anecdote from the New York Times article on IBM’s Jeopardy-playing computer. Try saying the sentence out loud yourself; it checks out.
My next-door dorm-neighbor has been quarantined...
We are in two separate rooms, but we share the same heating & air-conditioning unit and the same bathroom; I am doomed.
Mount Eerie (with Julie Doiron and Fred Squire) -...
The past, present, and future of book journalism
(meaning journalism about books, not to be confused with literary journalism aka. journalism that seeks to also write pretty) The Millions just pushed out a great three-part series on the state of book journalism, focusing on why traditional print coverage is dying, why online coverage is flourishing, and how the Kindle may represent an unlikely threat to that online coverage. It’s a neat...
Students move desks to the roofs of portable... →
My high school had a history of good senior pranks (repainting the nearby water tower, welding doors shut, releasing live animals, turning the intra-floor ramps into giant slip-n-slides, etc.) but this one ranks up there with the best.
Facebook just made me fill out a captcha to make a...
Even they think I’m too absurd to actually exist.
I think the ridiculousness of the Star Wars sequels can be adaquately summed up by noting that one of the bad guys was seriously named Poggle the Lesser.
This is a shepard tone, a neat audio trick that...
nicknoyes: Within You Without You - Easy Star...
Whence Bork, comes Will
George F. Will v. 1. To become irrevocably out of touch with popular culture and the current generation. Example: “Maureen Dowd sure George F. Willed herself with that column about Twitter that’s been widely mocked elsewhere.” Etymology: George F. Will and Jeans, George F. Will and Baseball
Speaking on behalf of myself and all other completely nonhuman members of my...– Gerald the Dog, in a new editorial for The Onion
We should really rename “Earth Day” to “WELCOME TO EARF! Day” because of this fine cinematic moment in Independence Day. Will Smith - playing Will Smith - punches an alien.
More like wis-DUMB teeth
Today Zoe got emergency wisdom teeth surgery, so I took the afternoon off (aka. skipped Bio class) to make sure that she got everything that she needed. To her credit, she’s bounced back pretty well and is even going to an organization meeting tonight. Mindy, Maggie, and I all pitched in to chaffeur her around town and keep her distracted from the pain. On the other hand, I’m totally...
2009 Pulitzer Winners announced →
And finalists too, all fine reads.
crushes: boy, I’m my favorite version of myself when I’m around you. — girl I like this way of putting things.
Watching "The Nines"
Every character is annoying. The screenwriter is wouldn’t know tact if it hit him on the head (which is what he’s doing to me, the viewer, at the moment). It hurts, but I’m gonna try to keep watching it so I can say I gave it an honest chance. And it just turned into a movie about movies. Ugh.
Sufjan Stevens’ “Star of Wonder”...