1. A photo gallery of the International Space Station, with pictures taken almost exclusively by amateurs.
2. When did progressives become so opposed to progress?
3. Thinking about going back to school? Take a look at Pop Sci’s 30 Coolest College Classes in the Country. Peruvian Amazon Field Course? Count me in!
4. Absurd article of the week? I think so. AlterNet’s Alex Henderson attempts to argue that 1) Conservatives are solely responsible for America’s economic woes; 2) The economic woes are the main cause of the breakdown of the family/family values; therefore 3) Conservatives are responsible for destroying the very values they hold so dear. Should I start listing fallacies in alphabetic or chronological order…?
“Social conservatives are right about one thing: the American family is under attack, but not from cultural liberals. The greatest threat to the American family is economic stress — and the modern-day Republicans and social conservatives who preach family values are the ones who have done the most to imperil the American family.”
5. Philosophical Humor is not just nerdy. It’s coke-bottomed glasses, tucked in t-shirts nerdy. But when it gives us things like the Socrates Argument Clinic, I won’t complain.
“…you will have a chance to match your wits against history’s most famous philosopher. Your challenge is to complete the argument without making Socrates drink the hemlock. But if you can’t contain yourself, click on the hemlock icon.”
6. Why Read? Peter Leithhart has some thoughts on reading for pictures and making new friends.
14. You may not care much about mergers & acquisitions, but Dave v. Dave may bring some new technology to the forefront at a very expensive price.
15. Think good can’t come from bad? For once, legislating from the bench may actually be in line with the people’s will.
17. British Magazine to ban celebrities and models from its front covers
18. Gold Front Tooth Syndrome: An excerpt from the new book by Theodore Dalrymple
22. Lord, show us the father. Now.
Come on, you KNOW you’ve always wanted to do that.
31. The four levels of social entrapment: You’re going to have to talk about soybeans. A lot.
33. Another 33 Things. And kudos to those of you who can tell me what the 34th 33 Thing is in this post.