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Via [personal profile] egypturnash. Video is a bit monotonous for first two minutes, but the wait is worth it.

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Via [livejournal.com profile] roaminrob: Arithmetic, Population, and Energy by Dr. Albert A. Bartlett, uploaded in eight parts. ~75 minutes.

Part One.

I've posted some links because I was curious about your opinion; this one I think is important, clear, and convincing. Unfortunately, I don't see a good way of summarizing it - wonderingmind42, who uploaded it, did a pretty iffy job with the title, in my book - but I'll try: the lecture is about the nature of steady percentage growth (e.g. 7%/year) and the policy implications that come out of the arithmetic. You don't need anything more than multiplication and division to follow the reasoning - the most difficult calculation is for the doubling time, and that goes

years to double = 70 / % growth per year

which is accurate to one part in twenty for any growth rate up to 12%/year.

I think it's worth at least 90 minutes of your time - 75 minutes is a steal at the price.
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Via my dad*: Louis CK on the Conan O'Brien Show, Everything's Amazing, Nobody's Happy.

* Technically, he posted a YouTube clip of the segment, but I figure NBC won't make copyright claims against itself.
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Blame luve on DeviantArt for this, the Weirdest Music Video I've Seen This Year:

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From Fred 'slacktivist' Clark, who found it through The Washington Monthly:



From thewarprayer.com - available also on YouTube.

It was written circa 1905 but unpublished for a decade thereafter - six years after Twain's death - for fear that it would be seen as sacrilegious or unpatriotic.
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Via [livejournal.com profile] jfs, this remarkable little piece:

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I imagine many of you are unfamiliar with [livejournal.com profile] nationelectric (at least, I was until he friended [livejournal.com profile] peri_renna); this means that you may have missed his post about the "new prog" band Muse. This is a shame, as I can tell you now that this band will leave you saying, as [livejournal.com profile] nationelectric predicts, that they "rocked me so hard that I got a hernia in my brain".

But that's not even what I'm talking about. I'm talking about a music video so good that it gave me shivers down my spine before I even saw it.* I present to you: "Supermassive Black Hole" by Muse!



* Okay, yeah, everyone says that's just the flu, but I disbelieve. I disbelieve with the power of my rock-induced brain hernia!

† But I'm going to wear a sweater and take my vitamins anyway.

No, I'm not a Scientologist. Good grief.
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I've never been a fan of Prickly City. Generally, I find it to be of poor quality - I suppose The Wizard of Id is the easiest comparison - and so it rarely crosses my radar.

[livejournal.com profile] redneckgaijin just sent out an alert on today's strip.

I still say it's a poor quality strip. But I will praise it for this: it states, badly but boldly, that torture is not something that "good guys" do, and waterboarding is torture. That once you get beyond a certain threshold, relative comparisons don’t really matter, and waterboarding is horrible, terrible, inhuman torture.

I don't know Scott Stantis from Adam, and I still ain't fond of his strip. But, sickening as it is, speaking truth about this subject paints a bullseye on yourself, and the man said it anyway.

So: good job, Mr. Stantis. I'm rooting for you.

Honda Ad

Sep. 11th, 2007 09:29 pm
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Read this first. What you are about to see is all-but-pure live action video (it contains exactly one edit, otherwise completely in-camera). 606 takes to make it work. Everything but the floors at the walls are pieces of this car.

The Honda Cog Video.

(I've got a slightly better .wmv version from my brother via my dad if anyone wants it.)
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Here, watch these two videos: Bad Day vs. Ordinary Day. Notice anything funny?

Now watch these two: Bad Day (live) vs. Ordinary Day (live). See it now?

I thought this was the twenty-first century. What is this crap doing here?

Edit: Whoa, she can dance! (Point still stands.)
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I'm sure all of you have heard of the recent bomb scare in Boston following an Aqua Teen Hunger Force marketing campaign. Making Light has been doing fantastic coverage of this crisis; in addition to the post linked above, they have provided some analysis of the continuing actions of the Boston police department that is well worth reading. However, a source has alerted me to an important press conference by the two men indicted in this matter.



As a proud afro-wearer, I approve this message.

Spoons!

Oct. 16th, 2006 10:40 pm
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Don't be like Spoonless Joe – buy a spoon today!

P.S. I got my laptop back!

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