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August 28, 2006

cabinet of curiosities

How I Blog (kottke.org)

When I’m deciding what links to post here, I’m essentially curating ideas, collecting them to “send” to you (and to myself, in a way).

Jason hits the nail right on the head with this, echoing an early conception of weblog as modern wunderkammer, for which I regret I cannot find a source.

August 27, 2006

alan moore's swamp thing

beatzo: How Alan Moore Changed My Life Part 1: Swamp Thing# 48

Part memoir, part “comics as literature”, this essay communicates both the genius of Alan Moore and the secret joys a teenage comic book fan was privy to in the 1980s.

August 17, 2006

Hero assumed white until proven otherwise

Anderson Cooper 360 Blog ‘Missing’ Marine from 9/11 comes forward

The new Oliver Stone movie, “World Trade Center,” tells the story of two Port Authority police officers — Sgt. John McLoughlin and Officer Will Jimeno — who were found by two former U.S. Marines working as volunteers. But the moviemakers only knew the whereabouts of one of the Marines; the other had seemingly vanished.

Because the moviemakers (and most everyone else) didn’t know much about the “missing” Marine, the actor playing him is a white man. In real life, Sgt. Thomas is African-American.


“But now there won’t be any pickles,” she said. “That was weird, anyway. To have someone send you pickles.”

Washington Post: Pluto, Soon to Orbit in a Less Important Circle?

August 16, 2006

Driven a little crazy by the culture

And on the street the Hummers roll, driven by small, blond college girls, as if America had invaded itself.

The Phoenix: The New New Age: The movement pulls away from the mainstream and gets apocalyptic.

August 15, 2006

he's alive -- and dead

"Stranger and Stranger: Why is George Bush Reading Camus?" (Slate)


She’ll be strong in spring, Ms. Regan theorized, because she has a “wood nymph quality,” and added that her pink coloring made her great for merchandising around Valentine’s Day and Christmas, when she will pair well with red Elmo. Then of course there’s the fall back-to-school theme of a new girl getting to know her classmates.

A Girly-Girl Joins the ‘Sesame’ Boys - New York Times

August 14, 2006

01101111 01101011 00111111

Mac OS X reports hard drive capacity in binary math, hard drive manufacturers report capacity in base 10 math.