33 Things: This Week’s Amusing and Intriguing Links

1. Conservatives would like to enter Exhibit A into evidence for consideration by the court of public opinion on the issue of border security:

“The federal government has posted signs along a major interstate highway in Arizona, more than 100 miles north of the U.S.-Mexico border, warning travelers the area is unsafe because of drug and alien smugglers, and a local sheriff says Mexican drug cartels now control some parts of the state.”

2. The most thoughtful discussion on Prop. 8 you’ll hear. Period.

3. Squirrels in the window: a mother squirrel raises several litters in the window of an apartment.

4. What are those bright dots? 10,000 birds trapped in NYC 9/11 memorial lights.

5. Scared of heights? Be glad you don’t have this guy’s job.

6. Predictive Brainology: what can be predicted?

7. The bacon flowchart.

9. Sure it was a popular hoax, but this alleged music machine is still pretty cool.

10. Wookie the Chew and other cartoons in the genre of A.A. Milne meets Star Wars.

11. Even Cthulhu likes to smell nice.

12. Oh the joys of a jack-of-all-trades president: Mr. Obama publishes his first children’s book.

13. Did you know it? Lady Gaga is the “most judgment-free human being on the Earth.” I hope to meet her someday.

14. This Tea Party is serving stronger stuff than you thought: Republic wins labeled as “epic.”

15. The world only gets stranger: doctor carves patient’s name in her uterus.

16. Pets are what makes us human.

17. Ever wonder what it would look like if we drew maps based on how big the continents really are?  Or how many people live there?  It’s an oldie, but a goodie  check out worldmapper.

18. The first photographs of ghosts: still spooky even when you know the trick!

19.  Meet Entborg, the century-old tree that is posting on Facebook

20. Asking advice from the elderly — now scientifically proven to be a good idea!

21. On thinking our own thoughts.

22. I always wished the founding documents were illustrated.

23. If your tattoo was truthful…http://www.mcsweeneys.net/links/lists/
16addy.html

24.  Ever wanted to dig a hole through the center of the earth?  You’re gonna need some help planning your trip through the center of the earth!

25. Drawing Swords Against the Deluge. John C. Wright defends Christian pessimism and meditates on the uses of earthly power. “The battle is hopeless and the war is already won.”

“I am saying this world is base and corrupt and doomed. Place no faith in the world or in the idols of the world. Be not conformed to the world. Instead, vow the vow a soldier vows, who swears never to let his sword sleep in its sheathe, never to retreat, never to surrender, never to let a fallen comrade alone, and to continue to resist even if captured: and I speak of the captivity of addictive sin.”

26. Resentment and the Motions of the Mind

“Professors of Resentment could teach such subdivisions of their subject as the art of rationalisation, rhetorical exaggeration, preservation of a lack of perspective, suppression of a sense of irony or humour, and so on and so forth. Of course, entry requirements would be minimal. All you would have to do to gain entry is to denigrate your parents at a public examination, and there could hardly be found a child nowadays not able to do that. Over the entrance to the faculty will be written not the motto of the Academy, ‘Know thyself,’ but rather ‘Talk about thyself,’ ‘Reveal nothing,’ ‘Remember that there is always someone better off than you’ and, above all, ‘Distinguish not between unfairness and injustice.’”

27. The Zombie Apocalypse: not quite how you pictured it.

28.  The Smithsonian Spills the Beans About Food Idioms. “The origins of some food idioms are a piece of cake to figure out; just use your bean. Others sound so bizarre they could make you go bananas.”

29. A Nation Turns Away From Abortion: It’s not true that abortion statistics are irreversable. Italy proves it.

30. Do Mummies have a right to privacy? Is there something about the human body, dead or alive, that has moral value?
31. Populist Pandering:  Why politicians should not appeal to the lowest common denominator.
32.  An intern at Last.FM maps the users, genders, ages, and music preferences.
33.  Introverts in evangelical America.
“Unfortunately, owing to a few antisocial types as well as to a general extroverted bias in our culture, introverts get a bad rap. Mainstream American culture values gregarious, aggressive people who are skilled in networking and who can quickly turn strangers into friends. Often we identify leaders as those people who speak up the most and the fastest, whether or not their ideas are the best. As a result, introverts are often defined by what we’re not rather than by what we are. We’re labeled as standoffish or misanthropic or timid or passive. But the truth is that we are people who are energized in solitude, rather than among people.”

33 Things: This Week’s Amusing and Intriguing Links

1.     Free ebooks in tens of different formats! ManyBooks. Many many.

2.     What did Albert Einstein think about god?
3.     A mother who recreates her infant daughter’s dreams and photographs them:

4.     Shields up!

5.     Thoughts from 1941: Who Goes Nazi?

6.      Nomskulls: perfect for the little zombie who has everything!

7.     Exploitation chic?

8.     Do androids dream of electric…butterflies?

9.     “The Nothing Box”

10.    Reasoning about Life

11.    “The Devil is in the Design”

12.     Could you fit 24 rooms into 330 square feet of living space?  This man in Hong Kong did. (HT: Fitzpatrick and Prince Real Estate)

13.     A giant asteroid is heading toward earth.  It’s impact would damage an area equal to the size of London.  No kidding.  So should you build your dooms-day shelter?  Well, maybe you shouldn’t, but perhaps your great, great, great grand children should:

“Anyone concerned by the warning has one thing to be thankful for — if it does hit it is most likely to happen in 2182.

That gives scientists 172 years to work out how to deal with it.”

14.     Inception: Sneaky. Very sneaky.

15.     Who or whom? A clear, simple answer from a professional grammarian.

16.     Amazon’s former Chief Scientist on social media influence:

At the World Innovation Forum recently, you spoke about social media having an “illusion” of an audience. Could you elaborate on this concept?

For me, the “illusion” of the audience means: Why do people tweet? What is the driver of them spending time doing this? I think it’s because they think they have people giving them attention, and they do everything to play with that attention. The reason Twitter works so well is that they don’t have a feedback-loop, where people can realize just how little attention they’re getting. I’m not saying the system was set up that way deliberately, but it’s a very well setup system. People can fool themselves into believing that others are listening, which is not easy in real life. When you’re talking to other people on the street and nobody is listening, after a while you sort of have to stop talking. Not so on Twitter.”  (HT: John Dyer)

17. “Disney Characters and the Entertainers Born to Play Them”:

18.      “The Art of Getting Art on Film

19.      Living Without Goals:

“Even when you do things exactly right, it’s not ideal. Here’s why: you are extremely limited in your actions. When you don’t feel like doing something, you have to force yourself to do it. Your path is chosen, so you don’t have room to explore new territory. You have to follow the plan, even when you’re passionate about something else…Some goal systems are more flexible, but nothing is as flexible as having no goals.”

20.      Anne Rice “unconverts”:

I refuse to be anti-gay. I refuse to be anti-feminist. I refuse to be anti-artificial birth control. I refuse to be anti-Democrat. I refuse to be anti-secular humanism. I refuse to be anti-science. I refuse to be anti-life.

21.     Dolphin bubbles.  And annoying commentary.  But dolphins!  With bubbles!

22.     Social Media and the New Culture of Sharing:

“What has happened over the last three years is that we now have a culture of sharing that didn’t exist three years ago … Now we think and act very differently because of these technologies. The societal change that has happened is that we share more.”

23.      Store clerk uses Jesus to talk man out of robbery

24.      14 Famous Man Rooms

25.      “At one snake per meter, you’re never more than three feet away from death.”

26.      Comic Con may be over, but you can still build your very own Stormtrooper costume.

27.      Impulsive, much?  Maybe it’s all in your brain.

28.     Because we all <3 reading:

29.     The resume gap advantage

30.     Tokyo’s oldest man misses his own eleventy-first birthday; died 30 years ago.

31.     Warning Signs: when couples should seek professional counseling

32.   Webserials.com is back! And there was great rejoicing…

33.     This 33 Things thing is really catching on.

33 Things: This Week’s Amusing and Intriguing Links

1.     Beauty, sentimentality, and the gospel:

“Indeed, as the church seeks a role in the arts, it must reclaim a
more mature concept of beauty. As we recognize and embrace the
heartlonging in many works of art, we may make a convincing
proclamation of the whole gospel message. Finding a way to the full
expression of beauty, however, is a challenge. The danger is beauty’s
menacing half-sister, sentimentality. How does sentimentality work
against beauty? And further, how does sentimentality work against the
gospel?”

2.     Morgan Robertson wrote a short story based upon the famous sinking of the Titanic…14 years before it happened!

3.     When a church tries too hard to be relevant:

4.    “If a society had no knowledge of Christianity, and then a Bible were discovered, what would happen?” A manly action-adventure novel, that’s what.

The Sword Trailer from Crossway on Vimeo.

5.     Watching the new Doctor Who series? (The season finale airs Saturday on BBC America!)  So are these guys, and they’re writing about what makes scifi great: it’s ability to explore religion, philosophy, ethics, and other huge topics in a way no other genre can.

6.     A new kind of colon

7.     Reading as self-completion

8.     Listen to Faulkner on reading and writing

9.     What unites the Right and the Left on the new financial reform package?  Trying to stop the war against women in the Congo.

10.     Ever wonder if our system of voting is the best there’s been?  So did Anthony Gottlieb.

11.     Smart girls have more fun

12.     The beginning of the end

13. Business motivations: they’re not what we think they are. That’s why Linux, Apple, and Skype succeed.

14.     Labeling Things: It’s Important

15.     Thank your mom for making you take piano lessons

16.     The Challenge of Imperfection

17.     Last things: On rereading Plato’s Apology

18.     Vacation Apologetics:

Many have asked me previously “How can you teach younger kids about apologetics and defending the faith?”  Well, here’s one good way. I’ve taken my family on a vacation touring the American Southwest.   Along with a rich look at our heritage, I’m finding many opportunities to examine worldviews and the way that they shape people’s attitudes.  I’ll be blogging about my experiences and observations as we go, allowing you to come with us and see ways you can also discuss ideas with your families and friends.

19.     The trashed airbender: give him more tomatoes.

20.
We made a sign for the book sale this weekend on Twitpic
21.     Math genius refuses $1 Million prize; quits job, moves in with mother instead

22.     Where have all the children gone?

23.     A water experiment for every day of the month… take that, summer doldrums!

24.     Bad translation makes fundamentalists of us all:

So next time you hear in the news or in a movie an Arabic guy saying “Praise be to God,” remember he may just be saying “Great, the electricity is back.”

25.     We now know what Harpo Marx’s blog would have looked like:

26.   Book art:

27. Popular porcupine, or ugly puppy? You decide.

28.     Nigerian couple stuns genetics experts, gives birth to blue-eyed blond baby

29.     What do Ronald Reagan, Harvey Milk, and John Muir have in common?

30.     He and the girl of his dreams escaped from Auschwitz… and didn’t get married.

31.   This is for all of you who’ve ever wondered what a fugue looks like.  You know who you are.

32.     Why I am a politically Conservative artist

33.      Another 33 Things! Wow, it’s like he’s copying us… or something. ::cough::’

33 Things: This Week’s Amusing and Intriguing Links

1.     A Policeman Who Blogs…In Verse

2.     Zombie sign language!

3.     Analysis and Commentary on the Comics Page

4.     Ebert on Architecture

5.     The Cult of Originality

6.     Don’t ever ask a professional designer to make a ‘lost cat’ poster.  This might happen.

7.     The scientific breakdown of fear’s four stages–the attacked-by-mountain lion edition.

8.     Botox… the next WMD.

9. Ke$ha… lipsynced by an Asian princess Leia, backup vocals by the rest of the Starwars crew and some starfleet members.

10.     What would happen if Conan won an Emmy for The Tonight Show?

O’Brien: “Congrats to my staff on 4 Emmy nominations. This bodes well for the future of The Tonight Show with Conan O’Brien.”

11.     “It’s about the music Maaan: Bands from Muppets”

12.     “8 Marine Creatures That Light Up The Sea”

13.     Political coalitions and the Tea Party Movement: a conversation among conservative intellectuals.

Like co-blogger Arnold, I enjoyed reading the discussion among Brink Lindsey, Jonah Goldberg, and Matt Kibbe about the Tea Party Movement and whom libertarians should ally with. All three made good points but none of the three addressed a key issue: what’s the context.”

14.     Joe Carter writes like Stephen King.  How do you write?

15. Dear Mr. President – I can print and hang your sign cheaper.  Put me to work.

$10,000. That’s how much money the Washington Airports Authority tells ABC News it spent to make and install the sign – a single sign – announcing that the project is “Funded by The American Reinvestment and Recovery Act” and is “Putting America Back to Work.”

16.     Just Another Academic Conference

17.     This should contribute an interesting twist to any Rights discussion

18.     Renting a Country

19.     How Old Spice Took Over the Internet

20.     What does your phone number spell?

21.     Andrei Tarkovsky’s films are online. Is this good or bad?  And what in Odin’s beard was he trying to say, anyway?!

22.     Andrew Peterson’s music video is also online.  He’s much less ambiguous than Tarkovsky.  Also, he has a beard:

23.     Japanese solar sail flies on sunlight. Now if we could just get it approved for freeway use…

24.

Graffiti Proposal from PR!MO on Vimeo.

25.     That’s it, I’m moving to Colorado.

26.     NYT bestselling author serves as Matron of Honor for a reader

27.     POTOOOOOOOO was a famous 18th century thoroughbred racehorse.

28.     Historians locate King Arthur’s round table. (I’d like mine with pepperoni).

29.     Ice cube trays: collect the whole set!

30.     Resources for a new (ish) fiction writer

31.     How to make sunscreen

32.     Six months until the largest tax hikes in history.

33.    You know that part in Mary Poppins where they jump into a chalk drawing?  Yeah.

33 Things: This Week’s Amusing & Intriguing Links

1. Yet another instance of art proving intractable to science — now, with more shady dealings!

A long, relaxing retirement may be an artifact of the last century that will apply to only some Americans in this century — those who have held a long-term, steady job with a defined benefit pension plan.For the rest of us, we’ll have to plan to work longer – if we still have a job – so that we can pay more into our 401Ks, and can afford to stay in the home we have. Instead of picking out carpeting for that new golf course villa, we’ll be changing our doorknobs to handles designed for our arthritic hands so we can age in place.

8.      Knowing your children:

Learning to understand my children this way has also improved how I understand my peers. Human beings are complex creatures, and our behavior has complex motivations. But for some reason I typically insist on interpreting other’s actions extremely narrowly, assuming that anything I don’t know about their motivation is unimportant. Adults, like children, need more charity than I by nature want to give them – or would give them, if my knowledge were more complete.

9.      Well, this certainly explains all the SEO spammers in my twitter feed.

10.     What do Silly putty and chicken McNuggets have in common?  More than you ever wanted to know.
11.     Plato: the comic book.  Free!

12.     Kids These Days Sure are Disappointing
13.     Science and/or Faith
“Razib Khan, a blogger for Discover magazine, observed last year, over 50 percent of scientists believe in God or some higher power. And as medical writer Tom Rees noted, the phenomenon isn’t going away: younger scientists are more likely to hold religious beliefs than older scientists. While the finding could suggest that religious people are more likely to leave science as they get older, it could also mean that religious beliefs are growing among scientists.”
14.      The Myths About Mr and Ms
19. One Minute Review: The Last Airbender from Thomas McKenzie on Vimeo.

20.      The perils of listening well:

Telephones are particularly tough because a talkative person on the other end never even sees my mouth open and shut, open and shut, when I try to interject a thought. At least face to face, I have a chance of getting my three or four words in.

21.     iphone apps for manly men, and the men who want to be like them.

22.  Christian!  Typography! In church bulletins!!!!1

23.     Photo essay: ruins of a forbidden island

24.   How to make a Hello Kitty bouquet.  Cause you know you need one.

25.     Screwtape on stage

26.     How to write badly well:

Carol stands absolutely still. In front of her, not more than ten feet away, is a fully-grown black bear. The ferns beneath its feet are crumpled and slightly browning, their delicate fronds pressed into the thick, wet mud of the forest floor. Carol hesitates. Slowly, very slowly, she looks around for a possible escape route. The light falling through the canopy of leaves has a pale, thin quality to it and the air is brackish with a faint scent of the stagnant water from the nearby estuary.

27.     How to avoid writing stilted dialogue:

“As you know, we’ll be discussing stilted dialog” said Howard. “We should do something different for the introduction.”

“Let’s speak our dialog tags” said Brandon cleverly.

“We mustn’t forget to include adverbs” said Dan pensively.

28.      Who are the new influentials?

29.     Is the blogosphere dying? Nah.  It’s too big to fail, right?

30.     How to charge a USB device with your bike

31.     The top 25 Conservatives on twitter

32.     Garfield: now with less Garfield

33.   Another 33 Things

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.

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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.

28.

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.

32.

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

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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

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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