33 Things: This Week’s Amusing & Intriguing Links

1.     A new thing to do with your iPhone: take arial footage or play helicopter wars with a friend.

2.     Wonder what the new wave is in google technology?  Here’s a guess: it’ll learn your language, not just process it.  For the philosophy nerds, that might mean it’ll pass the Turing test and the Chinese room objection.  This could be huge.

3.     So it hasn’t quite explained ‘Why Gravity’ yet, but the Gravity Probe is working on it.

4.     Crave all the expense and high-maintenance of a baby, but don’t want it to be cuddly?  They’re developing a robot for people like you to take care of.

5.     An image explaining the oil cycle (it’s like the water cycle, but different).

{Photo credit: fakescience.tumblr.com}

6.     “Wild Justice” research forces “personhood” definitions back to the drawing board.

7.     Our Nation’s 17th Poet Laureate

8.     That Lolcats Guy

9.     “‘Live Long and Prosper’ Hand Gesture Was Originally a Jewish Sign

11.     “So” is one powerful little word.
“In the 1990s, Columbia University psychologist Stanley Schachter counted how often professors said “uh” and “um” in lectures and found that humanists said them more than social scientists, and natural scientists said them less frequently of all. Because such words mark places where a speaker is choosing what to say next, Schachter argued, natural scientists’ low hesitation rate underscored the hard facts they were communicating. “So” can be said to have the inverse relation for exactly the same reason. It relays a sense of accuracy and rigor. One doesn’t have to worry about what to say as much as when to say it. “So” is the organizing device for a logic-driven thought process.”

10.     Have you seen (or heard) this website?

12.     “Denim and Music: An Enduring Love Story”

13.     Wonder Woman: New and improved? Not really. (A boring costume means we’re sure to forget her)

Lauren Beckham Falcone: “‘What woman only wears only one outfit for 60-plus years?’ The same woman who has an invisible airplane?”

14.     Why Islam will never accept the state of Israel:

If this is really a conflict of different nationalisms and not Islamic supremacism, then why is it that virtually no non-Arab Muslim states have full (if any) relations with Israel? (HT The Pearcey Report)

15.  Sometimes a picture is worth 22 Words:

16.     Someone ought to tell this poor woman that breastfeeding is in fact the easiest way to get back some semblance of your pre-pregnancy body. Guess the joke’s on her.

17.     Infamy:

I attend a Lutheran congregation in north Minneapolis, one that belongs to the church body I work for. It’s large but not huge. The senior pastor has made himself visible in the media for a number of years as a critic of the liberal church, and of modern trends such as universalism, women’s ordination, higher criticism of the Bible, and the normalization of homosexuality. He is a single man.

Last night, while watching local news on television, I discovered that he’d been “outed” as a homosexual.

He was not discovered in a “gay” bar. He was not discovered having sex with another man in a public rest room.

According to the news accounts I’ve seen (emanating from liberal sources) he was discovered attending a support and accountability group in a Roman Catholic church. He was speaking honestly, to men he trusted, about his struggles, slips, and temptations.

In other words, he was doing precisely what people on our side of the argument say a man in his situation ought to do. He is the very opposite of a hypocrite.

18.     Staples, push pins, and packing tape. No, it’s not your home office shopping list–it’s ART!

19.     “Ever had trouble getting your kids to eat their meat? Well, we can just about guarantee that the kiddies won’t turn down a rainbow of sweet, sweet bacon.”

20.     Does reading about masculinity make you more masculine, or less?

21.  Everything seems empty and pointless.  Discuss.

I believe I am here because my parents couldn’t resist their urges in a certain day and time, I share your nihilistic view however I keep going because of my primal instinct of survival.

22.    A loose adaptation of the young life of St. Francis of Assisi (warning: language)

Brother, Sister, You, Me from Isaac Pletcher on Vimeo.

23.     On Mr. Rogers’ Neighborhood:

So now I come to you, reader, willing and even eager to risk you thinking me uncool by daring to recommend, as Neil Tankersly did to me, that you too would do well to spend a little time in Mister Roger’s neighborhood. You will find that your days there are beautiful ones indeed.


25.     Having faith like Robert Pattison

26.     How many types of intimacy are there?  More than you might think.

27.     Bible translators hope to have every language covered in 15 years.


29.     Stand back… I’m going to try science.  In 7th grade.

30.     You know that whole oil spill thing?  Yeah, it’s happened before.

Thirty-one years since the worst oil spill in North American history blanketed 150 miles of Texas beach, tourists noisily splash in the surf and turtles drag themselves into the dunes to lay eggs.

“You look around and it’s like the spill never happened,” shrugs Tunnell, a marine biologist. “

31.     Typography mustaches.  That’s right, I said typography mustaches.


33.  Another 33 Things!

33 Things: The Week’s Amusing & Intriguing Links

Dustin Steeve

1. Ben Stein wonders what law gives President Obama the authority to “kick ass” and demand $20 billion from BP?   “The BP behavior is reminiscent of how, immediately after assuming office, Mr. Obama, with no Congressional authority or administrative allowance, simply made a phone call to fire the head of GM. When I called the White House press office to ask under what law or regulation Mr. Obama was acting, I was told he did not need a law. If the government put a lot of money into GM, it could call the shots at GM, I was told. But under what authority, I asked. “None needed,” was the final answer.

Without any new legislation, President Obama has used returned TARP money as a political slush fund to prop up favorite industries. This is the same problem: serious executive action without legislative authority.”

2. Before the age of Wikis, editorial wisdom and oversight determined exactly which leaks would be published.  Now, any fool with an agenda and total lack of foresight can leak classified information to the whole world.  Case in point, Spc. Manning:

“Government officials say many of the confidential documents describe the workings of Arab governments and their leaders. Wired magazine quoted Spc. Manning as saying, ‘Hillary Clinton and several thousand diplomats around the world are going to have a heart attack when they wake up one morning and find an entire repository of classified foreign policy is available.’”

3. Biblical Armageddon to be taught alongside Global Warming in the classroom:

Christian Groups: Biblical Armageddon Must Be Taught Alongside Global Warming

4. EvangelicalOutpost friend and comedian Scott Ott’s new book “Laughing at Obama: Volume 1” is now available:

“Be among the first in your office, neighborhood, or environmentally-sensitive transit pool to read this first-draft of the history of our 44th president…an edition destined to be bronzed and placed in the atrium of the Obama Presidential Library (either in Detroit, Guantanamo Bay or Crawford, Texas).”

5. Obama controlled coast guard stops barges sucking up oil in the golf because they were uncertain whether the ships came equipped with fire extinguishers: “It’s the most frustrating thing,” the Republican governor said today in Buras, La. “Literally, yesterday morning we found out that they were halting all of these barges… These barges work. You’ve seen them work. You’ve seen them suck oil out of the water.”

6. Farmville is now coming to the iPhone.  Don’t lie, we know you’re excited.

7. Misguided compassion hurts the poor.

8. A Christian definition of Technology:

“We can define technology as a distinct human cultural activity in which human beings exercise freedom and responsibility in response to God by forming and transforming the natural creation, with the aid of tools and procedures, for practical ends and purposes. (Monsma, Stephen V. (ed.) Responsible Technology, 1986, p. 19)”

Rachel Motte

9. Funny, Andrew looks exactly like I’d always pictured him.

10. How Pain Works

11. The truth is worse than you think–but Christ is more beautiful than you can imagine:

The ugly truth is that the fall still applies and the fall means that the Christian path is a cross bearing path – if you are a Christian expect that life will be harder than you initially imagined it would

12. Reusable cover art in historical novels: a gallery (HT: The History of the (Whole) World )

13. Richard Viguerie, beware:

Why is it, in this world of nearly instantaneous, targeted, scalable communications, that we still rely on direct mail fundraising? When does the 140-character tweet, the Facebook status update, or even the 30-second YouTube video replace a clunky, 5-page typed fundraising ask – double-spaced in 12 pt. Courier New font – and on pink stationary, no less? Does it ever?

Amy Cannon

14. The particular difficulties of a composer’s biopic.

15. If the way we raise our kids has little or no influence on how they turn out…let’s have more!

16. This American Life’s Ira Glass on the importance of being wrong for telling stories.

17. Young women’s Christian fiction is being touted as feminist.

Joi Weaver

18. This Is How Your Drink Looks Under The Microscope

19. International Relations Theory and Zombies

20. Sir Thomas More, Patron Saint of Sci-Fi Writers and Dinosaurs

21. Atheists Don’t Have No Songs

22. You’re Gonna Need A Bigger Boat: 10-ft Great White Shark bitten almost in half…by 20-ft Shark

Julia Kiewit

23. Bill Gates on what makes a significant life

24. Utilitarian Bioethicists Don’t See How Denying Human Exceptionalism Leads to Tyranical Tendencies

25. Dutch Euthanasia Growing Rapidly

Peter Gross

26. Elizabeth Bishop and Robert Lowell in corrspondence!  Out loud!

27. Photomicography.  Be still, my heart.

28. The London skyline is about to look a whole lot different.

29. Don’t you wish, deeply, that the Verizon logo looked like this?  I do.  Pretty please?

Robin Dembroff

30. A poignant picture from Chris Brogan.

31. A new way to look at art.

32. Liked Slaughterhouse Five? Then you might like Kurt Vonnegut’s letter describing the experiences behind the novel.

33. Probably not the best model for salary negotiation. ‘

33 Things: The Week’s Amusing & Intriguing Links

Have at it.

Peter Gross

1. The Artist is Present. You go into a modern art museum, right?  Main exhibition room.  OK.  Main exhibition: the artist herself, sitting in a chair, waiting to stare right back into your eyes.  Here’s a slideshow of the people who sat with her.  If nothing else (though I think it’s likely quite a bit more), it’s an intriguing set of portraits.

2. The Poet Laureate reads her poems.  They’re short and very sweet.

3. AOL (formerly American Online) just rebranded (hence the name change) to both thunderous applause and murderous objections in the design community.  See if you can figure out why.  One of the things that has come of it, however, is a broad-ranging new corporate sponsorship of art.  Here’s a site with some of the pieces made for the newest iterations of the Aol. identity(?)

Rachel Motte

4. Curious George and the iPad


6. A working Lego printer that would make even McGuyver proud

7. She hadn’t counted on him taking the “Trophy Wife” thing this far.

8. You too can sleep in a pew without censure


10. And you thought the World Cup was exciting:

Renee Bolinger

11. Recently, a teen attempting to circumnavigate the globe was foiled by rough seas and had to call for help.  Curious what goes on in the minds of kids who wish they could sail across the world alone, in a tiny boat?  Read Abby Sunderland’s blog.

12. How do you know when the education system is failing?  When the teachers cheat on the kids’ tests.

13. Lost in all the bustle over the oil spill, Iran is happily moving forward to develop nuclear technology.  The international response?  Oh, let’s try beating a dead horse: put more partial sanctions on the country. The Council on Foreign Relations assesses the likely failure of the brilliant plan.
14. In his first address from the Oval Office, President Obama used strong, martial rhetoric to indicate his determination to win the war against the oil spill… but it’s a bit unclear exactly how.
15. There are lots of crazy competitions, most demanding some act of skill or courage or prowess.  For robots, these competitions are bit more subtle: check out the handshake competition.

Julia Kiewett

16. Rule of Law, or Politics?

17. Colorado man on solo mission to kill Bin Laden

18. What’s Wrong with America’s Right?….from the perspective of The Economist

Joi Weaver

19. Missing Camera Found, With Video Taken By Sea Turtle

20. The Australian Angel

21. The Infinity Cocktail Table Will Make Your Brain Hurt

22. “Sometimes It’s Just Hard”

23. Ebert on Twitter

Amy Cannon

24. The importance of Psycho‘s iconic soundtrack to the movie.

25. I bet fire was a big deal, too, when that was invented….

26. By divine judgment, cosmic justice, or freak accident, “Touchdown Jesus” is gone. And turns out to have been highly flammable

Robin Dembroff

27. The T.W.I.N.K.I.E.S. Project

Lindsay Stallones

28. Publishers have been gouging educational institutions for years. Now it looks like the UCs are biting back.

29. What will you be doing in December?  I’ll be watching this.

30. Why should you get up at 4am to watch a World Cup match?  Torrey’s own Allen Yeh explains.

Jennifer Gaertner

31. Sperm-Donor Children More Likely to Suffer from Depression

32. Why Black Licorice is AWESOME.

33. In Praise of Tough Criticism

33 Things: The Week’s Amusing & Intriguing Links

A special, contributor-specific version of 33 Things.

We won’t mention and/or castigate the contributors that forgot to get their links in on time. :coughHaydenButlercough:

Julia Kiewitt

1. “The New Philistinism”

2. “The Birds and the Bees (via the Fertility Clinic)”

3. “Should This Be the Last Generation?”

4. “The University Guild vs. Glenn Beck”

Amy Cannon

5. Yet another indicator that George Orwell’s “1984” was just a few decades early: the sticky ethical territory of rewriting memories.

6. Humility helps business.

7. Pride and Prejudice and Zombies…and Pictures!

8. Jesus, meet Jesus, because I really want you both to meet…Jesus

Joi Weaver

9. Stories Behind the Sideshow: You’ve heard of The Elephant Man, but do you know the story of Joseph Carey Merrick, or any other sideshow performer? Read their stories: they will amaze you.

10. It’s Time to Talk About the Burgers and the Bees

11. Life Advice From Old People

12. A wombat. A dead god. A very peculiar epic.

Jennifer Gaertner

13. “Homer! Buffy! Jack Bauer!” In Honor of Iconic TV Charachters

14. A Basic Rule for Spending Money from Seth Godin

15. The Future of the Internet

Rachel Motte

16. Israel, Trapped in Plato’s Cave:
Sometimes it is the duty of responsible people to reject the shadows in favor of reality. And in the case of Israel — not always, but often enough — the reality is this: it is being condemned not because of its actions; it is being condemned because of its very existence, because of its very nature, and yes, because of its Jewishness. The objections against Israel are not specific to this or that act; they are existential.

17. French Archaeologists Dig up 1983 Picnic Remains

18. Subtle eye-makeup from the tasteful, restrained era history calls “The 70s.”

19. This 8-month-old baby is hearing sound for the very first time:

20.  Am I still under oath?  What about the right to remain silent – do I still have th

Dustin Steeve

21. Dr. Trevor Hart – professor at St. Andrews in Scotland – shares the gospel.

22. The dark side arises for phone apps:

“In one incident, Google pulled dozens of unauthorized mobile-banking apps from its Android Market in December. The apps, priced at $1.50, were made by a developer named “09Droid” and claimed to offer access to accounts at many of the world’s banks. Google said it pulled the apps because they violated its trademark policy.

The apps were more useless than malicious, but could have been updated to capture customers’ banking credentials, said John Hering, chief executive of Lookout, a mobile security provider. “It is becoming easier for the bad guys to use the app stores,” Mr. Hering said.”

23. Steve Jobs WWDC keynote talk (where he reveals the iPhone 4) in 90 seconds:

Renee Bolinger

24. Something is better than nothing, but i have spent very little time at the computer or reading or anything this week. Here’s what i’ve come across:

25. Working on a presentation?  Wondering whether to use the font ‘comic sans’? Here’s your answer.

26. Improv everywhere pranks New Yorkers…. again.  This time, by offering what they’ve always wanted: a tourist lane.

27. Some of the most terrifying playgrounds… ever.

28. String theory… It’s actually just a maze made out of yarn.  You could solve this dilemma with a sword, or scissors.

29. Does the internet actually make us shallow human beings?  Science gets into the debate: looks like our brains might be changing.

Robin Dembroff

30. Try your hand at editing a documentary on a sensitive topic. Good luck, and try not to make anyone hate you.

32. Hype Machine is a mp3 aggregator that draws from indie music blogs. Find the song that you heard once in passing, and never forgot. Or, find the better song that came up on Hype Machine instead after you put the title in wrong about ten times. Not that I’ve ever done that or anything.

33. How to craft/create a joke. Of course, I was only attracted to this link because I’m so awful at writing jokes. But we don’t need to talk about that. ‘

33 Things: The Week’s Amusing & Intriguing Links

1. “Is Marquette Free to be Catholic?”

2. Justice Souter’s Commencement Address to Harvard Graduates

3. A “menaissance” is under way, and the classically clad “retrosexual” is leading the charge.

4. Just tell him the last five books you read, and he’ll tell your future…book.

5. A growing collection of actual courses from Ivy League Universities (this includes Oxford and Cambridge) Most of these courses also provide course material.  The best part is, it’s FREE!  Education for the Masses!

6. Submit your accent for research.

7. What an oyster has to say about…Jamestown?

8. “The right to remain silent” doesn’t apply… when you start talking.

9. If success breeds contempt, then bloggers are finally making it big.

10. On Waxing the Face of a Thirteen-Year-Old Girl

11. The Quest for Frisson

12. Librarians: not as quiet as you thought.

13. The gift of a mother’s voice

14. Superheroes have to go to school too, you know.

15. Hey, at least they got his name right…

16. Peggy?  Ted?  Harry?  Who comes up with these names, anyway?

17. Socrates meets the Home Shopping Network:

Do not thank me, Glaucon, for I have merely demonstrated to you what you already know about the EZ-Klean Mop™.

18. How to get your camera back if/when you leave it or lose it.

19. Lost, re-enacted by cats in 2 minutes:

20. It may be time to throw out that bulky home entertainment system.  Meet the future: a combination of Jeeves & R2D2.

21. It may be a ‘duh’, but Jesus didn’t read the New Testament.

22. Jordi Savall’s Jerusalem in concert:

“Jerusalem is a city that makes you feel you are very close to the heavens because the clouds, they are very close,” Savall says. “The city is in a high space, and you feel in a very different situation than anywhere else in the world.”

23. Christian music….from SPAAAAAACE!

24. What’s in a name? Just your destiny, that’s all.

25. One, Two, Three… Say “Potato Starch!”

26. Use the sounds of the streets of Hamburg to compose music: the Philharmoniker Hamburg uses 5 webcams and the millions of Hamburg resident to give you urban musical sounds, all at your disposal.

27. A fun way to teach your kid (or yourself) about the sounds and look of 5 different natural habitats: Echogenesis.

28. You, yes you can conduct an a capella or beatbox band! In French! (Or English, if you want to be boring.)

29. Music for Kids Who Can’t Read Good brings you the [indie] sounds of summer.

30. An imagination bank. Share what you imagine, read the imaginations of other.

31. Now this is just cool. Design your own flame-art. (See example below…)

32. Hope for human spaceflight?

33. Ye Olde Medieval Fortress… in Arkansas

33 Things: The Week’s Interesting & Intriguing Links

1. Google’s Demise.

2. Kung fu bear from Japan.  Seriously.

The obligatory ‘Lost’ links:
3. Unsatisfied by the LOST finale?  You’re not alone.

4. Wired: As Lost Ends, Creators Explain How They Did It, What’s Going On

5. Fill the Lost Shaped Hole in Your Life….With Friday Night Lights

6. How Lost should have ended.

7. Ken Burns get you ready to hit the national parks this summer?  The NPS is working hard to make sure they’re everything you hope they’ll be.

8. Bill Gates told Steve Jobs about the iPad in 2007.  Steve Jobs thought that PCs were the future.

9. Parents beware: What are the Disney Princesses really teaching your daughter?

10. Sex and the City: call it trendy, but don’t call it feminism.

11. Rebelling against adolescence

12. The Elephant and the Dragon: Of Republicans and Tea Parties

13. Confessions of a Hipster…

14. Beam me up, Scotty!

15. Before you are foreclosed on or before you file for bankruptcy, you should think about a short-sale of your home.  Here’s a helpful website to answer your questions about an important technique that might help you get out of your messy upside-down mortgage situation.

16. The reason using your phone while you travel costs so much money: “So what is it? Price fixing? Excessive regulation? Actual expenses? Why on earth does it cost 20 times more to visit a webpage on your smartphone on one part of the planet’s surface over another? The reasons are complicated, but don’t abandon all hope—yet.”

17. Afghanistan war costs are now outpacing costs of the Iraq war.

18. Anthony Esolen on Shakespeare as a Christian:

There is an abundance of evidence to show that Shakespeare was a profoundly Christian playwright—and far more thoroughly concerned with the theology of grace, repentance, and redemption than any of his contemporaries. Here I should like to note one characteristic of his view of the world that seems to spring from his Christian faith—for it certainly does not spring from any recrudescence of paganism in the Renaissance, nor from the worldly laxity that sets in with the fading of western man’s assurance of Christian dogma and morals. For Shakespeare, chastity is as near to an absolute value as it is possible for a virtue to be.

19. Apple overtakes Microsoft as the world’s most valuable technology company.

20. 3 Facebook settings every user should check – now!

21. Your high school aged kid is smart, ambitious, and Christian.  Sign him or her up for Wheatstone this week – you’ll remember Wheatstone as one of the best decisions you ever made for your child’s education.  THIS IS THE FINAL WEEK TO REGISTER!

22. One woman’s tribute to (and confession of) everything she purchased for three years.

23. Google search as poetry.

24. Your parents don’t have to be well-read for you to be educated…they just have to keep books around (would this work with a kindle?)

25. The Info Ladies of Bangladesh

26. Phoenix Loses A Wing

27. Edible crayons!

28. Perfect for foodie fanboys (and fangirls!)

29. I Hate It When That Happens:  Today Show host Ann Curry Confuses Wheaton Colleges….in a Commencement Address

30. Abraham Piper is as Intrigued by Himself as We are With Him (Bonus points if you can follow all the layers of self-linking at work here)

31. The Society of American Law Teachers may be boycotting US News Law School Rankings- citing the weight given to LSAT scores as an inhibitor to diverse law school classes.

32. Facebook got the attention of Congress, but CEO Mark Zuckerberg is not too happy about it.

33. Is Hollywood whitewashing the film versions of popular fiction? You bet it is. ‘

33 Things: The Week’s Amusing & Intriguing Links

1. Cut the jargon: The next generation (hopefully) of academic writing.

2. We credit or blame the current president with job growth during his term, but should we?

3. Forget Tribbles. Steven Greydanus explains the trouble with trailers.

4. When the “application” of social networking gets a little out of hand.

5. While the country watches Supreme Court Justice nominee Kagan, 9th Circuit nominees slip under the radar.

6. Clothing of the Future, From the Past: What 1930’s Designer’s Thought We’d Be Wearing in A.D. 2000:

7. 44 ways to ruin your financial life by age 30 – guaranteed.

8. Our Errors: thoughts on a young man’s death in Malaysia:

I thought of the politicians who must hungrily martyr him now, parading his image, concocting their story on a lost life as if they bore and raised him, as if his life was an open eulogy for political campaigns. Do souls rest, when they feed the selfish objectives of the living?

9. On the absurdity of telephones in polite society.

10. Inattentional Blindness is an old, wacky phenomenon.  Try it on yourself: you’d be amazed at how much you miss when you’re preoccupied with searching for specific.  They’ve even written a book to explain how it happens.

11. ‘Fake it till you make it’ is usually a bad strategy when it comes to selling fine art– but sometimes it works.  England’s National Gallery is preparing to exhibit the forgeries they fell for over the years.

12. The Olympics have traditionally been heralded as a show of amateur human excellence in sports… China might be about to change that.  No, not with steroids… with robots.

13. Just another Platonic dialogue.

14. How wasteful are we with our water?

15. How the Pope’s scholarship will affect how he weathers the sex abuse scandal.

16. Does it go to 11?

17. Opportunity breaks a record (at least until Spirit wakes up)

18. 7 Habits of Highly Effective Zombies.

19. The placebo effect: Should it be used institutionally?

20. Gesundheit!

21. Salvador Dali advertises for Alka Seltzer:

22. “Apple is a marketing-obsessed company with corporate teams that don’t talk to one another. Toyota’s leadership is too old. HSBC doesn’t coordinate nearly as smoothly as those identical airport ads suggest, and General Electric is struggling to create an integrated whole.

Those are some of the conclusions I’ve drawn from examining the websites of 75 of the world’s largest corporations.” (HT: Dave Martina)

23. Got an idea for an iPhone app?  Here’s a breakdown of what you can realistically expect to sell and an overview of best sales practices.

24. At the Panera in Clayton, MO. you pay what you want for your food.  No tax, no tricks, no guilt.

25. The Los Angeles Times would like to introduce you to the man who wrote the Arizona Immigration Law.

26. “Mr. President, I need a freaking job.”

27. “A new clue to explain existence.”  Matter, anti-matter, does it matter?  Sure – you know you’re impressed by the science.

28. Creativity Linked to Mental Health

“High creative skills have been shown to be somewhat more common in people who have mental illness in the family. Creativity is also linked to a slightly higher risk of schizophrenia and bipolar disorder. Certain psychological traits, such as the ability to make unusual or bizarre associations are also shared by schizophrenics and healthy, highly creative people. And now the correlation between creativity and mental health has scientific backing.”

29. Computer Generated Classics? Yup.

30. A Warning Against Manipulation from Seth Godin

31. Get 40 Classical Music Songs for $0.99

32. What Bobby Jindal Saw While Touring the Marshlands

33. Against Pro-Life Statists:

The bigger government becomes, the more invasive it becomes, the more it becomes the enemy of life and freedom. So these pro-life statists show a deep ignorance of government and freedom: the greatest freedom is economic freedom. I say that because if you are an economic ward of the state, you can neither be politically or religiously free. Exhibit A: China. The invasive state dictates how many children you may have, the free flow of information, and political freedom is not even worth really discussing. ‘

33 Things: The Week’s Amusing & Intriguing Links

1. Mars probes…in poetry.

2. Want to know what the world was thinking about in 1910? Read the Sunday Magazine.

3. Jupiter has lost a stripe!

4. The newest, hippest literary movement has very specific standards.

5. Rehabilitating Jim Jones.

6. Sorry Trekkies, but warp speed would kill you.

“As the spaceship reached 99.999998 per cent of the speed of light, “hydrogen atoms would seem to reach a staggering 7 teraelectron volts”, which for the crew “would be like standing in front of the Large Hadron Collider beam.”

This is a very bad thing, because humans in the path of this ray would receive a dose of ionising radiation of 10,000 sieverts, and as Bones McCoy would doubtless confirm, the lethal dose is 6 sieverts.

The result? Death in one second.”

7. The moral life of babies:

“A growing body of evidence, though, suggests that humans do have a rudimentary moral sense from the very start of life. With the help of well-designed experiments, you can see glimmers of moral thought, moral judgment and moral feeling even in the first year of life. Some sense of good and evil seems to be bred in the bone.”

8. The good news: genius isn’t all that matters to being extraordinarily successful.  The bad news, you likely don’t have what matters to be extraordinarily successful.

9. Black hole hurled out of galaxy.

10. On the role of newspapers as gatekeepers:

Never has the role of gate-keeper, of taste-maker, been more important than it is now. Print’s cost and limited carrying capacity forces curators to become editors; ruthless decisions actually get made.

11. The Republican Army of Moms:

…if Republicans were smart, in every district where they find a Democrat who has a 60+ edge, and the GOP has no obviously active candidates or farm team members in need of some seasoning, a general rule ought to be: run a Smart Mom.

12. Can Israel co-exist with a nuclear Iran?  No – and neither can the rest of the world:

13. The State of Our (Nutritional) Union:

Like the biblical plagues of old, the demise of our health threatens everyone, or at least someone close to everyone. Today it’s not locust and flies but rather processed foods and a sedentary lifestyle that are tormenting our world. But the big difference between then and now is that this plague is self-inflicted.

14. This is the best web site in the world.  You can do anything here.  ANYTHING.

15. Quite possibly the best two and a half minutes on youtube:

16. The Iran election protests and lightning fast fundraising for relief for Haiti proved to us that Twitter is more than a legal way to stalk celebrities. Meet the man who convinced the State Department to use it to its full potential.

17. Pre-election thoughts on coalition governments in Britain worth noting.

18. A Robin Hood film that ain’t.  Ebert bemoans the loss of swash and buckle, and what it steals from kids.

19. Surprising help for the oil spill to be found at your local barbershop.

20. The ultimate e-card apology.

21. Real letters to fictional people.

22. Are you a Christian hipster? Find out.

23. Nothing to blog about? 10 Ideas for blogging inspiration.

24. Christopher Breen: Why I Left Facebook

25. Twenty Fresh, High-Quality and free fonts.

26. We don’t learn quickly. Man tries, once again, to walk on water.

27. Fake myths that sound real. Oh wait…isn’t that the definition of myth anyhow?

28. Stunning: Full HD TimeLapse Movie of volcano eruption Eyjafjallajökull in Iceland.

29. Excerpts from “The Facebook Effect”: the history and development of Facebook.

30. What Einstein thought about ‘God’:

The word God is for me nothing more than the expression and product of human weakness, the Bible a collection of honorable, but still purely primitive, legends which are nevertheless pretty childish. No interpretation no matter how subtle can (for me) change this.

31. Take things too seriously? Never!: The Style, Symbolism and Sociopolitical Relevance of Gilligan’s Island

32. Newsweek, Caesar, and the Things of God

33. Mr. T tells us how to treat our mothers right. (HT: Fred Sanders)

33 Things: The Week’s Amusing & Intriguing Links

1. Steampunk that actually works!

2. Think you need some lovin’? Maybe you should meet this musical duo. (HT: Matt Jenson)

3. Twelve pieces of great advice for the recent or soon-to-be college graduate.

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.

14. You’ve heard the phrase, ‘It’s Art ’cause I said it’s Art’.  What if it looks like art, but says it isn’t? Electric…trilobyte?

15. Geeks and Bad Romance

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.

18. Christianity vs. Science–what about the murder of Hypatia? Do your research and see what the sources say.

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!)

26. How Soap Operas are Changing the World

27. “The Rise of the Hand (Behold Apple’s Forthcoming Gesture Language)”

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.”

33 Things: The Week’s Amusing & Intriguing Links

1. ‘Uncanny Valley’–why human androids are doomed to be social outcasts.

2. It’s a shame the US dollar is so ugly.  Once in a while, artists like to dream about what it might look like, if it were pretty.

3. Best. Local. Commercial. Ever.

4. We’re with him. As in, literally.  And the book will be out in October.

So, forgive me if I don’t take too seriously the complaint that younger conservative intellectuals have been locked out by the old guard. I’m sure there’s some talent out there deserving more attention and exposure (just as I’m convinced that there’s some young talent out there that maybe could have spent some more time in the minors). But that is hardly a new story. And, for the record, I’ve edited a book of essays containing only young conservative writers most of you have never heard of, so I’m trying to do my part. More on that later.

5. Ethical consumerism, or how to know who made what you buy, where it came from, and if it hurt anyone for you to get it (and then do something about it!):

6. How rich are you in comparison to the rest of the world?

7. Struggle with being a grammar Nazi?  Here’s a clever way to deal with it.

8. Old-school recycling.

9. A bird’s-eye view of air pollution.

10. Craigslist — the global gateway to your dream job.

11. Wil Wheaton’s Shopping Woes.

12. Support your local police…read their blogs!

13. Happy 20th, Hubble!

14. Adventure, Romance, Mad Science: it’s Girl Genius!

15. Why “whole food” is a privileged fetish.

16. Think the so-called Dark Ages can’t teach us anything about our modern world? Think again.

17. Oh, to be British, have a one-month election cycle, and news sources that make it easy to find out what each party’s platform says about the issues!

18. Does this mean I can cut school without repercussions if I live in Europe?

19. As one commenter put it: “Prettier girls marry richer guys? What a totally unexpected finding.”

20. Any excuse to nap is always a good excuse.

21. On Parenting Like Zebedee:

To parent like Zebedee is to teach your children about God so that they can recognize his voice when he calls. It is to provide vision and point them toward God and let them follow him, even when he takes them away from your protection and plans for them. And that may hurt – it certainly hurt Zebedee deeply. The call of God cost him not only his plans for the family business but his son’s life as well (Acts 12:1-2). You can be sure, though, that his pain was tempered by incredible pride in his sons.

22. Avoiding Hypocrisy on Immigration

23. What kind of country are we?  This kind:

‘I must tell them and must not be afraid.  Do you know,’ he said in a voice suddenly sharp, ‘what would have happened if Americans had done this kind of attack in my country?  Every American — every Christian, every non-Muslim — would have been slaughtered, blood would have run in the streets.  I know the kind of country this is.  Thanks be to God I can give this to my children.’ ”

24. I don’t know what they’re saying, but this creepy onigiri lady freaks me out:

25. Jesus never read the New Testament…think about it…

26. Forget Dolphins, the Cool Kids Swim with Elephant Seals–the cutest thing you’ll see all week.

27. One of the strangest places in Los Angeles: the Museum of Jurassic Technology.

28. The Shifting of Young Evangelicals

29. Pac-Man Pie Chart. Just in case it wasn’t clear.

30. Louis Armstrong and Danny Kaye.

31. When a movie that’s just good fun isn’t.

32. Goodbye, Phoenix

33. In case you find yourself hurtling towards earth from the seat that used to be in a plane, here’s how to survive the crash. ‘