33 Things: The Week’s Amusing & Intriguing LinksThirty Three Things — By Robin Dembroff on May 7, 2010 at 12:02 am
1. Steampunk that actually works!
4. Death Metal Lyric or William Blake Poetry?
5. The danger of bluetooth headsets (HT: XKCD)
6. We know how Christianity influences American elections, but what about stoic Britain?
7. Restoring Stephen Baldwin.
8. Check out the mosquito net of the future helping to solve the malaria problem in Africa.
9. How NOT to Change the World:
“Near the end of his masterful book To Change the World, we discover that James Davison Hunter does not believe we should (or can) change the world. Nor should we be ” ‘redeeming the culture,’ ‘advancing the kingdom,’ ‘building the kingdom,’ ‘transforming the world,’ ‘reclaiming the culture,’ [or] ‘reforming the culture.'” It’s a surprising turn, given that a casual reader might naturally think, for the first hundred pages, that To Change the World is about how to change the world. And therein, as they used to say, lies a tale worth telling.”
10. Five reasons conservatives should be worried about Britain’s Barack Obama, Nick Clegg.
11. Oklahoma Law requires women to see sonogram before abortion – ABC News goes out of its way to make law seem horrific and unreasonable (unlike abortion itself).
12. Some paintings imitate reality…. but these realities imitate paintings.
13. Is ‘Surrogates’ threatening to become a reality? The Telepresence Robot could be the first small step toward a digital world, allowing you to ‘go to work’ while staying at home.
16. Time Travel is possible: Stephen Hawking says so!
17. Think sci-fi is humorless? Think again: here’s a classic story written solely for the sake of one very bad pun.
19. The best dinosaur movies ever made (slim pickings…?)
20. Bye, bye Chinglish…I’m going to miss that “monolithic tree mushroom stem squid.”
21. Mark Twain said “Man is the only animal that blushes. Or needs to.” A reflection on why we feel the need for embarrassment less and less.
22. Why yes, my building does look like a giant dandelion head.
23. Smories: (n. pl.) – Original stories for kids read by kids.
24. Life on Mars? “We feel more confident than ever that Mars probably once was, and maybe still is, home to life,” team leader David McKay said at a NASA-sponsored conference on astrobiology.
25. “Powerpoint makes us stupid” (So lets stop using it!)
28. The Unions that broke California:
“The camera focuses on an official of the Service Employees International Union (SEIU), California’s largest public-employee union, sitting in a legislative chamber and speaking into a microphone. ‘We helped to get you into office, and we got a good memory,’ she says matter-of-factly to the elected officials outside the shot. ‘Come November, if you don’t back our program, we’ll get you out of office.’
29. If this is how you mow your lawn, you might be a redneck.
30. This is why Twitter will live forever: you can now “Follow” Hugo Chavez. I wonder if Karl Rove is following Chavez – I’d love to see a tweet-off between those two. I’m sorry, what did you say? My “nerd” is showing?
31. Even in a down economy, it pays to be stylish- for apparel retailers, that is. Urban Outfitters sales last quarter exceeded Thomson Reuters predictions by $20 million, totaling $480 million, Morningstar reports.
32. Sharon Lerner takes a gander at why American women are reportedly on an unhappy trajectory. She suggests a lot of governmental involvement, but at least brings attention to “the unpleasantness of trying to do too much at once.”
33. Sarah Palin. Again. US News takes a few tongue-in-cheek moments to note “10 Reasons Why Sarah Palin Would Make a Good President.” ‘