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November 23, 20110 Comments

The following is a simple HTML transcription of my Instapaper bookmarked articles page as it appeared on 11/23/2011.


  1. The Mouse Trap: At the National Institute on Aging, as at every major research center, the animals are grouped in plastic cages the size of large shoeboxes, topped with a wire lid and a food hopper that’s never empty of pellets. This form of husbandry, known as ad libitum feeding, is cheap and convenient since animal technicians need only check the hoppers from time to time to make sure they haven’t run dry. Without toys or exercise wheels to distract them, the mice are left with nothing to do but eat and sleep—and then eat some more. That such a lifestyle would make rodents unhealthy, and thus of limited use for research, may seem obvious, but the problem appears to be so flagrant and widespread that few scientists bother to consider it. Ad libitum feeding and lack of exercise are industry-standard for the massive rodent-breeding factories that ship out millions of lab mice and rats every year and fuel a $1.1-billion global business in living reagents for medical research. When Mattson made that point in Atlanta, and suggested that the control animals used in labs were sedentary and overweight as a rule, several in the audience gasped. His implication was clear: The basic tool of biomedicine—and its workhorse in the production of new drugs and other treatments—had been transformed into a shoddy, industrial product. Researchers in the United States and abroad were drawing the bulk of their conclusions about the nature of human disease—and about Nature itself—from an organism that’s as divorced from its natural state as feedlot cattle or oven-stuffer chickens.
  2. The End of Cheap Coffee: Between 2006 and 2009, the Colombian yield shrank by a quarter—from 12 million bags to 7.8 million, the lowest yield in 33 years. The forecast doesn’t look good for the rest of the coffee-growing world, either: more pests in East Africa, more hurricanes in Central America, more droughts in Indonesia. Global coffee stockpiles are close to record lows. “There is simply not enough coffee in the world,” Jose Sette, now the former executive director of the International Coffee Organization, told Bloomberg in February. Combine this with other economic realities—the rising cost of fertilizer and the fact that young people, bound for the cities, aren’t following in their parents’ coffee-growing footsteps—and you can understand the term that Peter Baker has coined as a warning: “peak coffee.” Just like with oil, the world is maxing out the volume of coffee it can sustain.
  3. Pre-Occupied: This is how Occupy Wall Street began: as one of many half-formed plans circulating through conversations between Lasn and White, who lives in Berkeley and has not seen Lasn in person for more than four years. Neither can recall who first had the idea of trying to take over lower Manhattan. In early June, Adbusters sent an e-mail to subscribers stating that “America needs its own Tahrir.” The next day, White wrote to Lasn that he was “very excited about the Occupy Wall Street meme… . I think we should make this happen.” He proposed three possible Web sites:,, and “No. 1 is best,” Lasn replied, on June 9th. That evening, he registered
  4. When Did the GOP Lose Touch With Reality?: America desperately needs a responsible and compassionate alternative to the Obama administration’s path of bigger government at higher cost. And yet: This past summer, the GOP nearly forced America to the verge of default just to score a point in a budget debate. In the throes of the worst economic crisis since the Depression, Republican politicians demand massive budget cuts and shrug off the concerns of the unemployed. In the face of evidence of dwindling upward mobility and long-stagnating middle-class wages, my party’s economic ideas sometimes seem to have shrunk to just one: more tax cuts for the very highest earners. When I entered Republican politics, during an earlier period of malaise, in the late seventies and early eighties, the movement got most of the big questions—crime, inflation, the Cold War—right. This time, the party is getting the big questions disastrously wrong.
  5. The Mystery of the Five Wounds: Until the twentieth century, reports of stigmata were confined to Catholic Europe, but the most recent count of contemporary cases, made about a decade ago, included about 25 cases scattered around the world, including one in Korea and one in Japan. This in itself is a remarkable development, but there has also been a dramatic change in the ratio of male to female stigmatics. Overall, the vast majority have always been women: 353, compared to just 54 men, a ratio of almost seven to one. But according to Harrison’s analysis, that ratio has changed dramatically in the last half-century. Among the 44 cases reported since 1946, it is 2.4:1, and among living stigmatics it is a mere 1.5:1. Harrison suggests that this may be explained “by the changes in the balance of authority between men and women, both in the church and society,” and that in previous centuries women may have manifested stigmata to draw attention to themselves in a society dominated by men and in a church that excluded them from the priesthood. Citing stigmatics who effected local religious revivals or became the leaders of messianic sects, Harrison notes “the role stigmata plays in granting to individuals and congregations a direct spiritual authority.”
  6. Of the 1%, by the 1%, for the 1%: When you look at the sheer volume of wealth controlled by the top 1 percent in this country, it’s tempting to see our growing inequality as a quintessentially American achievement—we started way behind the pack, but now we’re doing inequality on a world-class level. And it looks as if we’ll be building on this achievement for years to come, because what made it possible is self-reinforcing. Wealth begets power, which begets more wealth. During the savings-and-loan scandal of the 1980s—a scandal whose dimensions, by today’s standards, seem almost quaint—the banker Charles Keating was asked by a congressional committee whether the $1.5 million he had spread among a few key elected officials could actually buy influence. “I certainly hope so,” he replied. The Supreme Court, in its recent Citizens United case, has enshrined the right of corporations to buy government, by removing limitations on campaign spending. The personal and the political are today in perfect alignment.
  7. That Healthy Glow (Part 2) – Providentia
  8. That Healthy Glow (Part 1) – Providentia
  9. GLENN HAUMAN: Who made comics piracy big? « ComicMix
  10. The Cops We Deserve – Atlantic Mobile
  11. Why I Feel Bad for the Pepper-Spraying Policeman, Lt. John Pike – Atlantic Mobile
  12. It Ain’t the Meat (It’s the Motion): Thoughtson movie technique and movie criticism – scanners
  13. National Geographic Magazine –
  14. Making the Grade: Why the Cheapest Maple Syrup Tastes Best – Atlantic Mobile
  15. Meanwhile, 6th And Mission – The
  16. Omelas
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  18. People Are Talking … About These Five Books : NPR
  19. The_Tetris_Effect: The_Awl
  20. Exploring The Atlas of Economic Complexity « Aid on the Edge of Chaos
  21. Daily Kos: How Democrats should handle Occupy Wall Street
  22. Univision is beating English-language networks in the ratings. What’s behind its amazing success? – Slate Magazine
  23. David Bordwell, Film Historian, Focuses on Movie Blog –
  24. Sherlock Holmes And The Adventure Of The Impudent Scholars | The Awl
  25. Locus Online Perspectives » Cory Doctorow: It’s Time to Stop Talking About Copyright
  26. Lost and Found in Japan | World Future Society
  27. Dissecting Twitter: The Social Bridge | Social Media Today
  28. Meet the Guy Who Snitched on Occupy Wall Street to the FBI and NYPD
  29. The Quiet Health-Care Revolution – Atlantic Mobile
  30. More middle class not paying federal income tax | The Newark Advocate |
  31. ‘Hark!': From DNA To JFK, A Comic Take On History : NPR
  32. Ruins | Cardboard Computer
  33. Computational Linguistics: What Our Word Choice Reveals About Us | Brain Pickings
  34. Edge Perspectives with John Hagel
  35. John Hagel on Empowerment, Management Fears, and Social Software in Business – Forbes
  36. Quack Prophet – Lapham’s Quarterly
  37. Why Netflix is splitting itself in two – The Oatmeal
  38. We’re winning the war on war – Mobile
  39. The Secretly Awesome Things About to Transform Web Video – Atlantic Mobile
  40. The Dead, the Dollars, the Drones: 9/11 Era by the Numbers | Danger Room |
  41. The Secret History of Star Wars
  42. Dangerous Minds | Quay Brothers’ Mutter Museum documentary coming soon
  43. David Hare: ‘It’s absurd, but I feel insecure’ | Culture | The Guardian
  44. A Voyeur’s View of the NYC Subway System
  45. The ten films that changed the world – Telegraph
  46. Is Drug Testing Welfare Applicants Unconstitutional? – TIME
  47. Gawker
  48. Rare Exports: A Christmas Tale – Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
  49. C.I.A. Sleuths Study a Novel for the Thinking of Hussein –
  50. Watch Bill Nye’s Reaction As He Tries to Talk About Irene and Climate Change on Fox Business
  51. Tesla CEO Wrong About Model S Timeline? $1,000,000 Says Yes – Slashdot
  52. Ten sexy crap cars
  53. » Blog Archive » ‘Conan The Barbarian’ Scripter Answers: “What’s It Like To Flop At The Box Office?”

  54. Fellini’s Fate – NOWNESS
  55. The Secret Language Code: Scientific American
  56. Know Your Network, Lesson 4: Access Your Home Computers from Anywhere
  57. 10 Dangerous Household Products You Should Never Use Again | Personal Health | AlterNet
  58. A List Apart: Articles: In Search of the Holy Grail
  59. Apes and allegories: What is the meaning of this?! – scanners
  60. Hands-On With the IBM 5150, Thirty Years Later | Gadget Lab |
  61. When youth culture stood up to tyranny – Mobile
  62. Interview: Jerry Lewis []
  63. It’s a Bird! It’s a Plane! It’s…Some Dude?! []
  64. Mastering the Art of American Eating: This past winter and much of the spring, I sank into a deep funk with too many steaks, too many beers, too many late nights, and almost zero exercise. Everything, from personal motivation and work ethic through to relationships, was grinding to a halt. Hoping to kick-start a change, I decided to live the U.S. government’s definition of a healthy lifestyle for a month. My hope was that I could replace my lethargy and slobbiness with physical activity and greater mental resilience. If similar experiments in masochistic, time-specific life changes—everything from Super Size Me to The Year of Living Biblically—were to be believed, enlightenment was just a short burst of extremism away.
  65. Tencent: March of the Penguins: Tencent is the Internet Goliath you’ve either never heard of or know little about. Yet 674 million Chinese actively use its QQ service, and hundreds of millions more are familiar with its cute cartoon mascot, a winking, scarf-wearing penguin that has helped make Tencent one of the most recognized brands in the country. With 11,400 employees and more than $3 billion in revenue in 2010, it’s become the largest—and, by its competitors, most criticized—Internet company in China. Now Tencent’s ambitions are expanding into the U.S. and elsewhere. Flush with cash, it’s making investments, acquiring startups, and forcing Western companies to consider whether it’s friend or foe. “If you are a Silicon Valley guy and you don’t have Tencent on your radar, you have to be deaf, dumb, and blind,” says Michael J. Moritz, the renowned venture capitalist who backed Google (GOOG) and PayPal (EBAY). “I am full of admiration for the characters at the helm of that company. They are extraordinarily thirsty and aggressive.”
  66. A Whiff of History: Think of some of your most powerful memories, and there’s likely a smell attached: the aroma of suntan lotion at the beach, the sharpness of freshly mown grass, the floral trail of your mother’s perfume. “Scents are very much linked to memory,” says perfumer Christophe Laudamiel. “They are linked to remembering the past but also learning from experiences.” But despite its primacy in our lives, our sense of smell is often overlooked when we record our history. We tend to connect with the past visually – we look at objects displayed in a museum, photographs in a documentary, the writing in a manuscript. Sometimes we might hear a vintage speech, or touch an ancient artifact and imagine what it was like to use it. But our knowledge of the past is almost completely deodorized.
  67. Somewhere between heaven and hell – Our far-flung correspondents


  1. Everything you need to know about the internet | Technology | The Observer
  2. Brian Greene: A Physicist Explains ‘The Hidden Reality’ Of Parallel Universes : NPR
  3. The Social Graph is Neither (Pinboard Blog)
  4. What Would a Fair-Labor iPod Cost? – Umair Haque – Harvard Business Review
  5. What’s So Great About Ikea, Anyway? Why No One in the World Likes Brands – Business – GOOD
  6. Americhrome – The Morning News
  7. Muammar Qaddafi’s Death and Legacy : The New Yorker
  8. Rolling Stone Mobile – Politics – Politics: OWS’s Beef: Wall Street Isn’t Winning – It’s Cheating
  9. Giving the FBI What it Wants
  10. The Movie Set That Ate Itself []
  11. » The victory OWS has already won Mobile
  12. Inside the mind of the octopus | Orion Magazine
  13. 6 Guys in a Capsule: 520 Days on a Simulated Mars Mission | Magazine
  14. A mind dismembered: In search of the magical penis thieves—By Frank Bures (Harper’s Magazine)
  15. Ben Moskowitz » Mozilla and the Maker Spirit of Hypercard, ResEdit, and iMovie
  16. DoomBuggies > Explore the history and marvel at the mystery of Disney’s Haunted Mansion attractions!
  17. As Libya takes stock, Moammar Kadafi’s hidden riches astound –
  18. At Popcorn Hackathon, Coders Team With Filmmakers to Supercharge Web Video | Underwire |
  19. Alternative energy policies are hurting the middle class. – Slate Magazine
  20. Why Does God Love Beards?: Roger Ebert: Why does God like beards so much?
  21. How Two Scammers Built an Empire Hawking Sketchy Software: Wired Top Stories: How Two Scammers Built an Empire Hawking Sketchy Software: Sam Jain and Daniel Sundin were two garden-variety In…
  22. Steve Jobs Music Vision | Music News | Rolling Stone
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  24. Statements by Evangelion Staff – EvaWiki – An Evangelion Wiki –
  25. Freedom : NPR
  26. They’re watching. And they can bring you down –
  27. Do Regulations Really Kill Jobs Overall? Not So Much – ProPublica
  28. Non-Prophet: When the trial was over, it seemed like it had been a strange dream. Over the course of ten days, the state presented an overwhelming case, an avalanche of evidence revealing the inner workings of a secretive religious sect that has quietly practiced polygamy throughout North America for more than one hundred years. (The mainstream Mormon church, from which the FLDS descended, abandoned the practice in 1890.) The decision by the group’s prophet to represent himself was odd enough. But the sermons, the interminable silences, and the revelations from the Lord—not to mention the horrific evidence itself—made for one of the most bizarre trials in U.S. history.
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  30. VIDEO ESSAY: CHAOS CINEMA: The decline and fall of action filmmaking > Press Play
  31. Jim Jarmusch | Senses of Cinema
  32. The Worst Cable Horror Story We’ve Ever Heard – Gizmodo
  33. What American Indie Film Can Learn from China, and Six Ways to Start – Fandor – Essential films. Instantly!
  34. Streetsblog Los Angeles » It’s Long Beach Week at L.A. Streetsblog (Vids after Jump…)
  35. Why the Government Won’t Protect You from Getting Screwed by Your Cable Company
  36. The Cable Customer’s Bill of Rights
  37. AT&T’s New Text Plan Overcharges You by 10,000,000 Percent. Literally.
  38. Rick Perry’s Tenth Commandment – National Review Online
  39. Our Handy Guide to the Best Coverage on Gov. Rick Perry and His Record – ProPublica
  40. Why Difficult Movies Are More, Um, Difficult –
  41. Anger in Japan Over Withheld Radiation Forecasts –

  42. AIGA | The (Mostly) True Story of Helvetica and the New York City Subway
  43. 1941 (film) – Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
  44. Meet the Original JWoww and Snooki, Would-Be Stars of Bridge & Tunnel []
  45. Why I Stole a Televangelist’s Safe []
  46. Murdoch Hacked Us Too: The real transgressions of the Murdoch empire are not its outré partisanship, its tabloid sleaze, its Washington lobbying, or even what liberals most love to hate, the bogus “fair and balanced” propaganda masquerading as journalism at Fox News. In fact, these misdemeanors are red herrings—distractions from the real News Corp. corruption that now threatens to bring down its management and radically reconfigure and reduce its international corporate footprint. The bigger story is this: An otherwise archetypal media colossus, with apolitical TV shows (American Idol), movies (Avatar), and cable channels (FX) like any other, is controlled by a family (and its tight coterie of made men and women, exemplified by the recently departed Rebekah Brooks) that countenances the intimidation and silencing of politicians, regulators, competitors, journalists, and even ordinary citizens to maximize its profits and power and to punish perceived corporate, political, and personal enemies. And, as we now know conclusively, some of this behavior has broken the law.
  47. Was Aaron Swartz Stealing?: Since the July 19th indictment of Aaron Swartz for surreptitiously whooshing nearly five million JSTOR documents onto a laptop concealed in an MIT network closet, there’s been a lot of codswallop written about JSTOR, about Aaron Swartz and about the public’s right to access documents in the public domain. A 24-year-old computer prodigy and political activist, Swartz has been caricatured as either a hero or a villain; likewise JSTOR. The U.S. Attorney for Massachusetts, Carmen M. Ortiz, who brought the charges against Swartz: she might be a bit of a villain, okay. Information wants to be free, it’s been said. But whether this means free of charge or merely liberated from its confines is a distinction most often left unmade. What we know so far, if the allegations in the indictment are true: late last year Swartz busted into the MIT network in order to conduct his download in secret, though he has been working at nearby Harvard for many years and has no direct affiliation with MIT. At Harvard, as at pretty much any U.S. university, Swartz would automatically have had full access to JSTOR. It’s been widely asserted that Swartz intended to distribute the material he downloaded from JSTOR to the public, e.g. by posting the lot onto a file-sharing site like The Pirate Bay. And it’s no wonder that people are saying this, because the government’s indictment alleges it directly, but the indictment provides not a single shred of evidence to support these claims.
  48. How Oscar Wilde Painted Over “Dorian Gray” : The New Yorker
  49. Lasers for the Dead: A Story About Gravestone Technology – Technology – The Atlantic
  50. Contraceptive Comeback: The Maligned IUD Gets a Second Chance | Magazine
  51. How to Use Flipboard to Create a Killer DIY Hyperlocal Publication in 5 Minutes | Street Fight
  52. Nine Things To Do After Installing OS X Lion | TechCrunch
  53. Phenomenology (philosophy) – Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
  54. How Theophilus London Avoids ‘Hellhole of Blurred Reality’ | Underwire |
  55. Dangerous Minds | Los Angeles in 1972: Vintage video of Surfurbia
  56. The Trouble with Genius
  57. Don’t Be Evil
  58. Fantasy Island: The Strange Tale of Alleged Fraudster Pearlasia Gamboa – Page 1 – News – San Francisco – SF Weekly
  59. The Man Behind the Window – The Morning News
  60. Ada Lovelace
  61. » The Glorious Pasta Of Summer
  62. Theatre of the Absurd
  63. Why I quit my job: « Kai Nagata
  64. My Summer at an Indian Call Center | Mother Jones
  65. Percussive maintenance – Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
  66. How Bradley Manning Became One of the Most Unusual Revolutionaries in American History — New York Magazine
  67. Left and Right have a civil discussion about NPR – Roger Ebert’s Journal
  68. Michael Jordan’s high school love letter revealed – Ball Don’t Lie – NBA Blog – Yahoo! Sports
  69. Transformers: Dark of the Moon
  70. Harnessing the Power of Feedback Loops | Magazine
  71. Inside ‘The Order,’ One Mormon Cult’s Secret Empire | Rolling Stone Culture
  72. The Seventies Reloaded: (What does the cinema think about when it dreams of Baudrillard?) | Senses of Cinema
  73. Emotions and culture – Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
  74. Scientology’s Crushing Defeat – – News – New York – Village Voice
  75. Royal Hotel to Long Beach Memorial Hospital – Google Maps
  76. Scouting poor-people locations for Mayor Bloomberg, not that he asked | Capital New York
  77. Silvio Berlusconi’s Hedonism : The New Yorker
  78. Sarah Reinker
  79. How To Build A Media Site On WordPress (Part 1) | LinkedIn
  80. jg ballard chromium – Google Search
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  82. Interview with James Howard Kunstler :
  83. The Narrative Pastiche of Games: Video games are often compared to film because both are highly visual mediums, but games also owe a lot to novels and television, as well. In fact, beyond the cinematic presentation of many games, their pacing and storytelling has more in common with novels and television than it does with film. It’s only because gamer culture has gotten so accustomed to using the language of film, like the term “cinematic”, to describe games, that this narrow comparison persists. Even as games try to be more cinematic, their fundamental narrative structure is anything but.
  84. The Charms of Eleanor: In 1918, during the fourteenth year of their marriage, Eleanor Roosevelt, age thirty-three, discovered that Franklin, age thirty-six, was in love with her young social secretary, Lucy Mercer. Long afterward, Eleanor told her friend Joseph Lash that the discovery was devastating, that the bottom seemed to have dropped out of her life. Yet as her subsequent history persuasively testifies, it was also her liberating moment, a life-changing event that opened a world of glorious possibilities for a woman not too timid to explore them. Until then she had been bound to a stifling marriage in which her life was spent in unobtrusively loyal service to Franklin’s gaudy ambition and in childbearing. There had been six pregnancies in the marriage’s first twelve years; sex, she later told her daughter Anna, was an ordeal to be borne.
  85. Asakusa Smile in Tokyo, Japan – Find Cheap Hostels and Rooms at
  86. Yanks as libertine as the French – Chicago Sun-Times
  87. Aizuya Inn Reviews
  88. Gold: The 4,000-Year-Old Bubble : Planet Money : NPR
  89. If history runs, cinema can’t keep walking: an interview with Tinto Brass | Film International
  90. Quentin Tarantino – The good, the bad and the movie geek – Features, Films – The Independent
  91. Billy Nardozzi: Pittsburgh Poet, Local Legend : The Picture Show : NPR
  92. Oprah opens up to Ebert about Chicago, fame and Grant Park tears – Chicago Sun-Times
  93. What is Pibloktoq? – Providentia
  94. North Korea’s Digital Underground: The Democratic People’s Republic of Korea is the very archetype of a “closed society.” It ranks dead last—196th out of 196 countries—in Freedom House’s Freedom of the Press index. Unlike the citizens of, say, Tunisia or Egypt, to name two countries whose populations recently tapped the power of social media to help upend the existing political order, few North Koreans have access to Twitter, Facebook, or YouTube. In fact, except for a tiny elite, the DPRK’s 25 million inhabitants are not connected to the Internet. Televisions are set to receive only government stations. International radio signals are routinely jammed, and electricity is unreliable. Freestanding radios are illegal. But every North Korean household and business is outfitted with a government-controlled radio hardwired to a central station. The speaker comes with a volume control, but no off switch. In a new media age awash in universally shared information—an age of planet-wide instant messaging and texted manifestos—the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea remains a stubborn holdout, a regime almost totally in control of its national narrative. Given this isolation, it’s even more remarkable that since 2004, a half-dozen independent media organizations have been launched in Northeast Asia to communicate with North Koreans—to bring news out of the country as well as to get potentially destabilizing information in. These media insurgents have a two-pronged strategy, integrating Cold War methods (Voice of America–like shortwave broadcasts in; samizdat-like info out) and 21st-century hardware: SD chips, thumb drives, CDs, e-books, miniature recording devices, and cell phones. And as with all intelligence-gathering projects, their most valuable assets are human: a network of reporters in North Korea and China who dispatch a stream of reports, whether about the palace intrigue surrounding the choice of Kim Jong Il’s successor, or the price of flour in Wŏnsan.
  95. Morgan Spurlock: I’m With the Brand: Brands and content creators have struggled over control and influence for more than a century. As Spurlock writes in the production notes handed out at screenings of his film, “In the 1800s, Jules Verne sold the naming rights to shipping companies in Around the World in 80 Days, and in the early days of film, Thomas Edison put ads for his own products in the movies.” Radio pioneers like Fred Allen (who quipped, back in the early 1950s, that TV “allows people who haven’t anything to do to watch people who haven’t done anything” — hello, Paris Hilton and her fans!) battled and assuaged their sponsors in the same uneasy way that network news shows do now. Richard Sandomir of The New York Times recently reported that some announcers at ESPN were paid by Nike and Reebok to wear their shoes. Writing on the media-industry blog Romenesko, investigative journalist David Cay Johnston was dismayed: “If [Robert] Iger [CEO of Disney, which owns ESPN] does nothing,” he will leave “doubt as to who may be on the take, whose agenda is being advanced by greasing palms, and which critical stories are fueled by under-the-table payments.” Given this kind of hand-wringing, it’s fair to ask, as Spurlock’s movie does: Just what kind of purity are we looking for? How clean does content need to be — or can it be?
  96. Cannibals Seeking Same: A Visit To The Online World Of Flesh-Eaters: This is what happened: A little over ten years ago, on March 9, 2001, 39-year-old Meiwes, a computer technician living in the German village of Wüstefeld, brought home, had sex with and killed 44-year-old Brandes, a Berlin man who lived about 250 miles away. Meiwes then ate 44 pounds of his flesh over a period of ten months. While that may sound like murder, there’s something else that should be mentioned: Brandes wanted it all to happen. Meiwes and Brandes first communicated in February 2001, when the soon-to-be cannibal responded to Brandes’ online ad looking for someone to eat him alive—“no slaughter, but eating.” Soon they were sending daily emails to one another describing explicitly what would happen when they met. Brandes, writing as “Cator,” wrote to Meiwes, a.k.a. “Antrophagus,” on Feb. 5, saying, “I hope you’re really serious about it, because I really want it and have already met enough cyber-cannibals.”
  97. The Tragedy of Sarah Palin: For all the attention she gets, her claim to a role in public life is rarely the focus; more often, it’s dismissed outright. In any discussion of her candidacy, her critics’ first argument for why she couldn’t win, always slapped down like a winning poker hand, is that she quit her governorship. That’s indeed discreditable and harms her chances, but it glides right past the question of what she did before she quit, and how that has turned out for Alaska. And that’s a more interesting story than you might suppose—a story quite at odds with her popular perception today in Alaska and everywhere else. As governor, Palin demonstrated many of the qualities we expect in our best leaders. She set aside private concerns for the greater good, forgoing a focus on social issues to confront the great problem plaguing Alaska, its corrupt oil-and-gas politics. She did this in a way that seems wildly out of character today—by cooperating with Democrats and moderate Republicans to raise taxes on Big Business. And she succeeded to a remarkable extent in settling, at least for a time, what had seemed insoluble problems, in the process putting Alaska on a trajectory to financial well-being. Since 2008, Sarah Palin has influenced her party, and the tenor of its politics, perhaps more than any other Republican, but in a way that is almost the antithesis of what she did in Alaska. Had she stayed true to her record, she might have pointed her party in a very different direction.
  98. The Lazarus File: In 1986, a young nurse named Sherri Rasmussen was murdered in Los Angeles. Police pinned down no suspects, and the case gradually went cold. It took 23 years—and revolutionary breakthroughs in forensic science­—before LAPD detectives could finally assemble the pieces of the puzzle. When they did, they found themselves facing one of the unlikeliest murder suspects in the city’s history.
  99. The Information Sage: Edward Tufte occupies a revered and solitary place in the world of graphic design. Over the last three decades, he has become a kind of oracle in the growing field of data visualization—the practice of taking the sprawling, messy universe of information that makes up the quantitative backbone of everyday life and turning it into an understandable story. His four books on the subject have sold almost two million copies, and in his crusade against euphemism and gloss, he casts a shadow over the world of graphs and charts similar to the specter of George Orwell over essay and argument. Tufte is a philosopher king who reigns over his field largely because he invented it. For years, graphic designers were regarded as decorators, whose primary job was to dress up facts with pretty pictures. Tufte introduced a reverence for math and science to the discipline and, in turn, codified the rules that would create a new one, which has come to be called, alternatively, information design or analytical design. His is often the authoritative word on what makes a good chart or graph, and over the years his influence has changed the way places like the Wall Street Journal and NASA display data.
  100. Live from New York, It’s Anthony Weiner: On any given night, the Democrat from Queens, New York, can be seen sparring with Republicans on cable TV. Weiner can yell, interrupt and verbally joust with the best of them. On shows, he smiles directly into the camera and, even in a roundtable discussion, looks straight into the lens. He’s also funny and makes for great—if somewhat irreverent—television. In one widely reported appearance on Sean Hannity’s show on Fox News, he faced off with Tea Party darling Michelle Bachmann (R-MN) about raising the debt ceiling. “All the surplus in Social Security is a big vault stuffed with IOU notes,” she said. “There’s not one dime sitting in there.” He responded without missing a beat: “Are you surprised to learn, Congresswoman Bachmann,” that “we don’t have a room filled with dimes?” Indeed, Weiner is filling what some onlookers say is a gaping hole in the Democratic Party. Republicans have their fair share of talking heads and headline-grabbing gurus, ranging from personalities such as Rush Limbaugh to Sarah Palin, but few Democrats today have the kind of pizzazz that holds audiences in rapt attention. “He’s very telegenic and he gives great sound bites,” says one ABC News producer. “Everyone wants him on their show.”
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  103. Some Final Thoughts on the Death of Osama bin Laden |
  104. Is The End Nigh? We’ll Know Soon Enough : NPR
  105. Big Sister Is Watching You – Whittaker Chambers – National Review Online
  106. John Krasinski – Yahoo! Search Results
  107. Apartment for Rent – $1550 – Cozy & Private Duplex, 1 Bedroom 1 Bath (santa-barbara, California) – PadMapper
  108. About the ArtExchange
  109. ‘Citizen Kane’ at 70: The Legacy of the Film and Its Director – D.B. Grady – Entertainment – The Atlantic
  110. Walking the Border: Planning a walk along the border, you quickly encounter certain problems. One problem is political. The only feasible way to walk the actual borderline is to follow the dirt roads used by the Border Patrol, but a lot of those roads appear only on proprietary maps that the Border Patrol refuses to give out to members of the public. You can turn to online satellite imagery, but these days even that can’t keep pace with how quickly new border roads are being plowed. Another problem is geographical. The borderlands, whatever route you sketch through them, are a rough mix of deserts and mountains. Sometimes problems meld the geographic and the political, because sometimes politics dictate geography. Example: I’m in an area known as Smuggler’s Gulch, just east of the Friendship Circle. My maps show a deep ravine, one that drug and human traffickers used for decades to ferry their goods across the border. But a few years ago the Department of Homeland Security, armed with congressional permission to waive a number of environmental laws and regulations, sent in earthmovers to decapitate some nearby hills, filled the ravine with the resulting 1.7 million cubic yards of dirt, then topped it with a Border Patrol road and floodlights. Smuggler’s Gulch, an ancient wrinkle in the earth, has been Botoxed. My maps are wrong.
  111. The Battle for Tora Bora: Tora Bora was not yet a familiar name to many Americans. But what would unfold there over the subsequent days remains, eight years later, the single most consequential battle of the war on terrorism. Presented with an opportunity to kill or capture Al Qaeda’s top leadership just three months after September 11, the United States was instead outmaneuvered by bin Laden, who slipped into Pakistan, largely disappeared from U.S. radar, and slowly began rebuilding his organization. What really happened at Tora Bora? Not long after the battle ended, the answer to that question would become extremely clouded. Americans perceived the Afghan war as a stunning victory, and the failure at Tora Bora seemed like an unfortunate footnote to an otherwise upbeat story. By 2004, with George W. Bush locked in a tough reelection battle, some U.S. officials were even asserting, inaccurately, that bin Laden himself may not have been present at the battle.
  112. The Reality Principle: On January 6, 1973, the anthropologist Margaret Mead published a startling little essay in TV Guide. Her contribution, which wasn’t mentioned on the cover, appeared in the back of the magazine, after the listings, tucked between an advertisement for Virginia Slims and a profile of Shelley Winters. Mead’s subject was a new Public Broadcasting System series called “An American Family,” about the Louds, a middle-class California household. “Bill and Pat Loud and their five children are neither actors nor public figures,” Mead wrote; rather, they were the people they portrayed on television, “members of a real family.” Producers compressed seven months of tedium and turmoil (including the corrosion of Bill and Pat’s marriage) into twelve one-hour episodes, which constituted, in Mead’s view, “a new kind of art form”—an innovation “as significant as the invention of drama or the novel.” “An American Family” was a hit, and Lance Loud, the oldest son, became a celebrity, perhaps the world’s first openly gay TV star. But for decades “An American Family” looked like an anomaly; by 1983, when HBO broadcast a follow-up documentary on the Louds, Mead’s “new kind of art form” seemed more like an artifact of an older America. Worthy heirs to the Louds arrived in 1992, with the début of the MTV series “The Real World,” which updated the formula by adding a dash of artifice: each season, a handful of young adults were thrown together in a house, and viewers got to know them as they got to know one another. It wasn’t until 2000, though, that Mead’s grand claim started to look prescient. That year, a pair of high-profile, high-concept summer series nudged the format into American prime time: “Big Brother,” a Dutch import, was built around surveillance-style footage of competitors locked in a house; “Survivor,” a Swedish import, isolated its stars by shipping them somewhere warm and distant, where they participated in faux tribal competitions. Both of these were essentially game shows, but they doubled as earthy anthropological experiments, and they convinced viewers and executives alike that television could provide action without actors.
  113. White House modifies Osama bin Laden account – Josh Gerstein –
  114. Next American City » Buzz » Two Houses
  115. Next American City » Buzz » “What if we can imagine the end of infrastructure?” An Interview with Christopher Marcinkoski
  116. The Foster City « Zócalo Public Square
  117. New Statesman – No limits to the law in NoLa
  118. Next American City » Buzz » Designing the High-Speed Future
  119. Next American City » Buzz » Misunderstanding Historic Preservation
  120. Next American City » Buzz » Beyond Sprawl: Part One
  121. Next American City » Buzz » Ruins Of The River City Always In The ‘Future’ – A Narrative of Transcendence
  122. Sign Up for Facebook | Facebook
  123. True Grit: Digerati Go Western? Millennials Go “Back in the Day”? | Senses of Cinema
  124. Samurai Fiction – Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
  125. Battle Without Honor or Humanity – Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
  126. Battles Without Honor and Humanity – Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
  127. YouTube – learn to scat
  128. Faculty and Staff of the Center for Autism Research and Treatment at UCLA Center for Autism Research & Treatment
  129. Dean of Culture
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  132. The One-Percenters – Roger Ebert’s Journal
  133. Making Movies – Google Books
  134. Narconon’s Big Con: L. Ron Hubbard, the prolific science fiction author and founder of the Church of Scientology, may have been judged “a mental case” (according to the F.B.I.) and “a pathological liar” (according to a Los Angeles Supreme Court judge), but to tens of thousands of his eager followers worldwide, the man discovered an approach to recovery that outclasses everything on offer from mainstream addiction science. Narconon is the spawn of Hubbard’s pseudoscientific notions, a detox-and-rehab enterprise that has, over more than four decades, grown into a multimillion-dollar empire that currently comprises an estimated several dozen clinics encircling the globe. Its claims of unrivaled success rates with its “100 percent natural,” “drug free” approach have kept it profitable and respectable, even as the church’s reputation has tanked. Celebrity endorsements—from the likes of “former graduate” Kirstie Alley—and a savvy internet marketing campaign haven’t hurt. Yet according to the organization’s many critics, including friends and family of dead, damaged, or disappeared Narconon clients, the chain of rehabs is little more than a front group for the Church of Scientology. They allege that unsuspecting clients pay as much as $30,000 for “treatment” consisting of a bizarre detox process that poses serious health hazards, followed by indoctrination in Scientology masked as drug rehabilitation. By preying on people who are desperate and vulnerable—and therefore prime candidates for conversion—Narconon serves as one of the church’s main sources of revenue and recruitment. With the Scientology brand increasingly toxic—in a recent New Yorker, Lawrence Wright reported that the F.B.I. is investigating its leadership for allegedly violating human trafficking laws—the church’s survival depends more than ever on Narconon’s hold on the addiction and recovery market.
  135. Inside David Foster Wallace’s Private Self-Help Library | The Awl
  136. Why Does Roger Ailes Hate America?: For forty years, he has stood astride the intertwined worlds of media and politics like a veritable colossus, making sure the worlds of media and politics stay intertwined, the better to control them. He has used his considerable powers of persuasion to persuade us to elect presidents, and, if they’re not following the “Ailes Agenda,” to turn against them. At seventy years of age, when most hardworking American seniors have had enough of the rat race and are looking forward to spending some more quality time with the grandkids, Roger Ailes is at the height, perhaps the apogee, maybe even — some say — the very zenith of his power. Indeed, with most of the potential Republican candidates for president in 2012 on his payroll, he may be said to be just getting started. Hmmm. Maybe we don’t know this Roger Ailes as well as we think we do. Maybe we don’t know him very well at all, which is, of course, just the way he likes it.
  137. The Science of Eternity: But even after the longest twilight, night will fall. There will come a time when the dimmest, slowest-burning stars are done. While academic cosmologists publish, month after month, hundreds of scientific papers discussing the ultra-early universe, they have written little about this long-range future. But it is an area ripe for speculation. I can claim to have made one of the first scientific contributions to “cosmic futurology” in a short 1968 paper entitled “The Collapse of the Universe: an Eschatological Study.” Many cosmologists suspected then that the expansion that currently characterises our universe would cease and reverse itself. Galaxies would then fall towards each other, eventually crashing together into a “Big Crunch.” I described how, as galaxies merged together in the countdown to the crunch, individual stars would accelerate to almost the speed of light (rather as the atoms speed up in a gas that is compressed). Eventually these stars would be destroyed as the blue-shifted radiation from other stars rushing towards them made the sky above them hotter than the fires within. Currently, though, the big crunch is out of favour; more recent long-range cosmic forecasts have predicted that the expansion of the universe will continue for ever, with its contents becoming ever colder and more diffuse. Ten years after my paper, the Princeton theorist Freeman Dyson-who would not countenance the Big Crunch because it “gave him a feeling of claustrophobia”-made scientific eschatology more respectable in an influential article called “Time without End: Physics and Biology in an Open Universe,” published in the austere scholarly journal Reviews of Modern Physics. “The study of the remote future,” Dyson wrote, having noted that the handful of papers on the subject were written in an apologetic or jocular style, “still seems to be as disreputable today as the study of the remote past was 30 years ago.” He set out to change the state of affairs with a rigorous study of the physics of the far future and the prospects for some sort of life persisting there.
  138. Taylor Rummel (taylorrummel) on Twitter
  139. New Philosophers – Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
  140. Page count and tight formatting |
  141. Ghost Babies – Boing Boing
  142. On Eugene Kotlyarenko’s 0s & 1s « Thought Catalog
  143. 5 Things Instagram Got Right that Others Before it Couldn’t
  144. Liberal Democratic Party (Japan) – Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
  145. Lena Macias’s Page – Ark Music Factory
  146. Live by the beach: Studio for Rent
  147. Commentary on Colonialism in Sub-Saharan Africa
  148. Slavoj Zizek – How to Read Lacan – Troubles with the Real: Lacan as a Viewer of Alien
  149. Why David Fincher Is the Best Design Thinker in Hollywood | Co.Design
  150. Our Local Correspondents: Up and Then Down : The New Yorker
  151. Yahoo! Movies: Hall Pass (2011)
  152. $525/mo Studio Apartment, Long Beach / Long Beach Luxurious Studio + 1. $525/mo / Apartment Hunters, California
  153. Stream a little stream with me – Roger Ebert’s Journal
  154. Battle: Los Angeles :: :: Reviews
  155. Null Hypothesis | Magenta Ain’t A Colour
  156. SHORT FICTION: “L’esprit de L’escalier” by Peter M. Ball :Apex Magazine
  157. ‘Conquest of the Useless,’ by Werner Herzog
  158. Steinbolt1, My Second Day, Part 2
  159. stephen king on writing – Google Search
  160. Let’s get social: Networking frames – scanners
  161. Transformers 2 director says film was crap | Reuters
  162. Johnny Depp – IMDb
  163. Janette Sadik-Khan, Lionized and Criticized –
  164. Gary Baseman: “Walking Through Walls” – Boing Boing
  165. The Day the Movies Died: Movies + TV: GQ
  166. Hollywood’s conservatism: why no one wants to make a “risky” movie – Boing Boing
  167. Mitch Horowitz: When Does a Religion Become a Cult? –
  168. Explore Top 10 Lists – The Criterion Collection
  169. Facebook
  170. LA to Z – My LA to Z: Mark Frauenfelder – Los Angeles magazine
  171. The Film Journal…Passionate and informed film criticism from an auteurist perspective.
  172. Information overload? Time to relax then | Technology |
  173. The Last Arcade in Chinatown « Scouting NY
  174. Standing In Love for Eleven Years « Thought Catalog
  175. Josephine Baker Uterus is Super Cute by VulvaLoveLovely on Etsy
  176. How Skyscrapers Can Save the City: Besides making cities more affordable and architecturally interesting, tall buildings are greener than sprawl, and they foster social capital and creativity. Yet some urban planners and preservationists seem to have a misplaced fear of heights that yields damaging restrictions on how tall a building can be. From New York to Paris to Mumbai, there’s a powerful case for building up, not out.
  177. Egypt’s Democratic Mirage: Contrary to the dominant media narrative, over the last ten days the Egyptian state has not experienced a regime breakdown. The protests have certainly rocked the system and have put Mubarak on his heels, but at no time has the uprising seriously threatened Egypt’s regime. Although many of the protesters, foreign governments, and analysts have concentrated on the personality of Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak, those surrounding the embattled president, who make up the wider Egyptian regime, have made sure the state’s viability was never in question. This is because the country’s central institution, the military, which historically has influenced policy and commands near-monopolistic economic interests, has never balked.
  178. The Octopus Conspiracy: Begley’s simple Google search launched a four-year-and-counting odyssey, during which she has devoted herself to tracking down forgotten documents, corresponding with federal prisoners, putting questions to Oliver North, and even confronting the man who may have shot her dad. Her work, she says, has placed her own life in danger and made her a target of the same forces that killed her father. And yet she cannot stop. She keeps following the siren song of the conspiracy theory, the same beguiling cognitive path that lures others to the JFK assassination and Area 51. What was once a family tragedy has blossomed into something else entirely, a vast puzzle whose solution promises to illuminate not only her father’s death but the dark forces behind the world’s apparent chaos.
  179. The Weinstein Way: Harvey Weinstein lost not only his beloved Miramax studio, and millions of dollars, but also his passion for filmmaking. Bryan Burrough tells how Hollywood’s last true impresario returned in triumph—just in time for Oscar season.
  180. Daniel Lieske Blog
  181. China’s ‘Go-To’ Typical American Guy : NPR
  182. Conan 2.0 – Fortune Tech
  183. Movies That Made Us Critics: Citizen Kane — Ebert Presents
  184. The War On Sharia Started Long Before You Ever Heard ‘Ground Zero Mosque’ | TPMMuckraker
  185. Paul Haggis Vs. the Church of Scientology : The New Yorker
  186. a sea of lead, a sky of slate: Abandoned on Everest
  187. The Planning Report – Rick Cole: Cities of Bell, Vernon Expose Governance Failures
  188. Some People You’ll Never Be Able To Have Lunch With « Thought Catalog
  189. Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark: The Reviews Are In « Thought Catalog
  190. Dispatches from the Fast Food Wars of the Twentieth Century « Thought Catalog
  191. Why Ham Radio Endures in a World of Tweets | Epicenter |
  192. The Wright Stuff II | That’s All Folks : Edgar Wright Here
  193. Ronald Reagan: Would America have been better off without him? – By Christopher Hitchens – Slate Magazine
  194. Where have all the music pirates gone?
  195. Disneyland as Degenerate Utopia
  196. Five Tips To Create A Cool Looking Personal Landing Page: Make Use Of: Do you have a personal landing page? Which is your favourite?
  197. Our Great Sin: TechCrunch: Our Great Sin
  198. Starship Stormtroopers
  199. How much money does a movie need to make to be profitable? [Movies]
  200. Old Creepy Ads | Weirdomatic
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  202. Social Animal: We are living in the middle of a revolution in consciousness. Over the past few decades, geneticists, neuroscientists, psychologists, sociologists, economists, and others have made great strides in understanding the inner working of the human mind. Far from being dryly materialistic, their work illuminates the rich underwater world where character is formed and wisdom grows. They are giving us a better grasp of emotions, intuitions, biases, longings, predispositions, character traits, and social bonding, precisely those things about which our culture has least to say. Brain science helps fill the hole left by the atrophy of theology and philosophy.
  203. Library Man: On Claude Lévi-Strauss: No one doubts Lévi-Strauss was the author of important works and the purveyor of powerful insights, but the suspicion remains that behind his fantastically rigorous analyses of Amerindian culture there operated a deeply impressionistic and idiosyncratic mind at odds with any general theory. Some accused him of reducing the meaning of human existence to an arbitrary stock of contrasting flavors: the raw and the cooked, the fresh and the rotten, the wet and the dry. Others took his structuralist program to be a scientific alibi that concealed his fundamentally artistic enterprise.
  204. ‘The stock market is for suckers’: No wonder American companies like Facebook are avoiding the hoi polloi of traditional stock markets in favour of raising capital from private, rich investors. “The idea of the stock market was to help businesses raise capital, and to provide people, individuals, with a chance to invest their savings and participate in that growth and have enough money to retire,” says Peter Cohan, president of Peter S. Cohan and Associates, a venture capital and management consulting firm in Marlborough, Mass. “But in the last decade the whole thing seems to have fallen apart.” Where the market once helped investors and companies, now it’s failing both.
  205. ‘Lost’ Is Over, and a Show Runner Is Asked, What’s Next –
  206. ‘Lost’ Is Over, and a Show Runner Is Asked, What’s Next –
  207. The Incredible True Story of the Collar Bomb Heist | Magazine
  208. People Who Live on Streets with Heavy Traffic have 67% Fewer Friends
  209. Monsanto Now Owns 90 Percent of the World’s Transgenic Crops
  210. How to Repair Your Car Scratch: Popular Mechanics: 8. How to Repair a Car Scratch #Top10 Biggest Stories on @PopMech Since 2009
  211. What Hollywood Execs Privately Say About Netflix – The Hollywood Reporter
  212. The Incredible True Story of the Collar Bomb Heist: Wired Top Stories: The Incredible True Story of the Collar-Bomb Heist: Wired tells the story of the strangest heist ever, starting …
  213. Kent Slinker, Jared Lee Loughner’s philosophy professor, on the shooting in Arizona. – By Christopher Beam – Slate Magazine
  214. Burning Man and the Metropolis: Places: Design Observer
  215. 10 scifi icons (and 10 obscure characters who have the same names)
  216. Behemoth: Syfy’s biggest, craziest monster movie yet!
  217. If The Cape is really our new hero, then America is doomed
  218. Citizen Kubrick: Stanley Kubrick’s films were landmark events – majestic, memorable and richly researched. But, as the years went by, the time between films grew longer and longer, and less and less was seen of the director. What on earth was he doing
  219. Hard Core: When a 13-year-old girl can sit in math class, hide her Hello Kitty smart phone behind her textbook, and pull up such an extreme video in less time than it would take her to text a vote for her favorite American Idol contestant, we’ve certainly reached some kind of new societal landmark. It’s important, however, to distinguish between what has changed and what hasn’t.
  220. Our Desperate, 250-Year-Long Search for a Gender-Neutral Pronoun: The 1970s saw the next wave of pronoun debates—not coincidentally, in the wake of a second women’s movement. There was a volley of new pronouns, despite the fact that none of the 19th-century ones had gotten anywhere. By the end of the 1970s over eighty new gender-neutral pronouns had been coughed up, including en, thon, hir, hesh, hizer, hirm, sheehy, and sap. As well, the currently fashionable “she” was proposed around this time.
  221. Francis Ford Coppola: On Risk, Money, Craft & Collaboration: Over the course of 45 years in the film business, Francis Ford Coppola has refined a singular code of ethics that govern his filmmaking. There are three rules: 1) Write and direct original screenplays, 2) make them with the most modern technology available, and 3) self-finance them.
  222. City Limits Mobile Edition
  223. Year-End Box Office Wrap 2010: Winners and Losers Chart, Warners Leads Domestic Market Share – Thompson on Hollywood
  224. Scientist haunted by misuse of drugs he invented – Yahoo! News
  225. Best City Policies of 2010 | Planetizen
  226. The End of Prop. 13?
  227. Why Are Taxpayers Subsidizing Facebook, and the Next Bubble? –
  228. A true tale of totalitarian eroticism: an unforgettable fall day with comrade Kim Il-Sung – Boing Boing
  229. Lessons at CES – how your tablet can compete with iPad – Chicago Sun-Times
  230. Street artists hold protest performance at MOCA’s Geffen Contemporary | Culture Monster | Los Angeles Times
  231. The Price of Everything
  232. Hands-On with Google Docs for iPad and iPhone: ReadWriteWeb: ReadWriteBiz: Hands-On with Google Docs for iPad and iPhone
  233. The Other Android Blueprint: FacebookPhone, TwitterPhone, And Ugh, VerizonPhone?: TechCrunch: The Other Android Blueprint: FacebookPhone, TwitterPhone, And Ugh, VerizonPhone? by @parislemon
  234. Trends suggest industrialized world may be hitting peak travel
  235. Swords: The murder weapon of nerds. – By Daniel Engber – Slate Magazine
  236. Romantically Apocalyptic: a webcomic about staving off post-nuclear boredom
  238. “He might have read the document when he was tired, at the end of a long day of being tied to a whale.” | MetaFilter
  239. Did George Lucas change cinema with ‘Star Wars’ prequels? | Hero Complex – Los Angeles Times
  240. 15 Books You Should Have Read in 2010
  241. What Makes a Great Teacher? – Magazine – The Atlantic
  242. Temple of Dawn: visit inside a Brazilian UFO cult – Boing Boing
  243. Fixing Urban Biking’s White Bias
  244. Salt Crystals, Stevia, and the SunChips Bag: An Interview with PepsiCo’s Derek Yach
  245. Modern Mythos Media: “Tron Legacy” (2010)
  246. 2000 Toyota Echo
  247. The TSA Let a Loaded Gun Get on an Airplane
  248. All the black actors with speaking roles on ‘Friends’
  249. Is long-term solitary confinement torture? : The New Yorker
  250. How A Brand-New Buick GNX Still Sits In A Dealer Showroom
  251. The Baseball Stadium Turned Clunker Graveyard
  252. How Cars Are Getting Fatter
  253. Deadly Medicine: Prescription drugs kill some 200,000 Americans every year. Will that number go up, now that most clinical trials are conducted overseas—on sick Russians, homeless Poles, and slum-dwelling Chinese—in places where regulation is virtually nonexistent, the F.D.A. doesn’t reach, and “mistakes” can end up in pauper’s graves? The authors investigate the globalization of the pharmaceutical industry, and the U.S. Government’s failure to rein in a lethal profit machine.
  254. The Glory of the Rails: More than any other technical design or social institution, the railway stands for modernity. No competing form of transport, no subsequent technological innovation, no other industry has wrought or facilitated change on the scale that has been brought about by the invention and adoption of the railway. Peter Laslett once referred to “the world we have lost”—the unimaginably different character of things as they once were. Try to think of a world before the railway and the meaning of distance and the impediment it imposed when the time it took to travel from, for example, Paris to Rome—and the means employed to do so—had changed little for two millennia
  255. The Fall of Niagara Falls: Niagara Falls’ descent into blight—in spite of its proximity to an attraction that draws at least 8 million tourists each year—is a tale that Hudson’s little newspaper has been telling for years. It encompasses just about every mistake a city could make, including the one Frankie G. cited: a 1960s mayor’s decision to bulldoze his quaint downtown and replace it with a bunch of modernist follies. There was a massive hangar-like convention center designed by Philip Johnson; Cesar Pelli’s glassy indoor arboretum, the Wintergarden, which was finally torn down because it cost a fortune to heat through the Lake Erie winter; a shiny office building known locally as the “Flashcube,” formerly the headquarters of a chemical company and now home to a trinket market. Once a hydropowered center of industry, Niagara Falls is now one of America’s most infamous victims of urban decay, hollowed out by four decades of job loss, mafia infiltration, political corruption, and failed get-fixed-quick schemes.
  256. The Viral Me: Every update, every tweet, every check-in, ultimately began to feel not unlike doing my expenses. The experience isn’t unusual. I think old people like me (I’m 38) often do this stuff to feel like the world hasn’t yet left them behind, but we don’t have any natural hunger for it. It’s kind of like androids having sex: We know we’re supposed to do it, but we’re not really sure why. Meanwhile, and infuriatingly, we know that humans just like to bone.
  257. Danny Boyle: ‘As soon as you think you can do whatever you want… then you’re sunk’: How do you follow a film that sweeps the Oscars and wins universal acclaim? If you’re Slumdog Millionaire director Danny Boyle, you switch genre, downsize, work harder… As well as directing 127 Hours, a film that tells the true story of stricken climber Aron Ralston, Boyle is taking a production of Frankenstein to the National and overseeing the Olympics opening ceremony. And what drives such relentless energy and enthusiasm? A fear of mediocrity…
  258. The skinhead terrorists: A corpse lies in a bathtub, illuminated by a single light bulb. The head listing awkwardly to one side is that of a young, scrawny man with close-cropped hair, clothed in a sleeveless undershirt and track-suit bottoms. The check-shirted torso of another man bustles over the body, covering and uncovering it in shadow and then light, his face masked with a bandana. He is wiping blood off a knife and whistling faintly.
  259. The truth about suicide bombers: The traditional view of suicide bombers is well established, and backed by the scholars who study them. The bombers are, in the post-9/11 age, often young, ideologically driven men and women who hate the laissez-faire norms of the West — or at least the occupations and wars of the United States — because they contradict the fundamentalist interpretations that animate the bombers’ worldview. Their deaths are a statement, then, as much as they are the final act of one’s faith; and as a statement they have been quite effective. They propagate future deaths, as terrorist organizers use a bomber’s martyrdom as propaganda for still more suicide terrorism. But Williams is among a small cadre of scholars from across the world pushing the rather contentious idea that some suicide bombers may in fact be suicidal.
  260. Man Behind Tron and Blade Runner’s Design Predicts the Year 2019
  261. Washington, We Have a Problem: A day in the life of the president reveals that Barack Obama’s job would be almost unrecognizable to most of his predecessors—thanks to the enormous bureaucracy, congressional paralysis, systemic corruption (with lobbyists spending $3.5 billion last year), and disintegrating media.
  262. The Deadly Corruption of Clinical Trials: When you risk life and limb to help test a drug, are you helping science—or Big Pharma? One patient’s tragic, and telling, story.
  263. The High Is Always the Pain and the Pain Is Always the High: Gambling addiction is a simple disease. Living the addiction is a bit more complicated. A chronicle of dependency in seven parts, by Jay Caspian King, about poker, Lolita, and how to lose $18,000 in 36 hours.
  264. Secret of AA: After 75 Years, We Don’t Know How It Works: AA and its steps have become ubiquitous despite the fact that no one is quite sure how—or, for that matter, how well—they work. The organization is notoriously difficult to study, thanks to its insistence on anonymity and its fluid membership. And AA’s method, which requires “surrender” to a vaguely defined “higher power,” involves the kind of spiritual revelations that neuroscientists have only begun to explore.
  265. Whodunnit?: Criminal profilers were once the heroes of police work, nailing offenders with their astonishing psychological insights. So why did it all fall apart?
  266. The Wrong Man: In the fall of 2001, a nation reeling from the horror of 9/11 was rocked by a series of deadly anthrax attacks. As the pressure to find a culprit mounted, the FBI, abetted by the media, found one. The wrong one. This is the story of how federal authorities blew the biggest anti-terror investigation of the past decade.
  267. What Happened When I Went Undercover at a Christian Gay-to-Straight Conversion Camp: What I saw and experienced at JiM both enraged and disturbed me. I had trouble staying in character as I watched one man, as part of his therapy, act out beating his father to death with a baseball bat — just one of several “Are you kidding?” moments. How anyone could believe that a JiM weekend could turn a man straight still baffles me.
  268. No Angel, No Devil: Once a wife and mother in a deceptively perfect home, Gaile Owens is now the first woman sentenced to die in Tennessee in nearly 200 years.
  269. Can You Disappear in Surveillance Britain?: David Bond wanted to see if it’s possible to vanish so one day he packed his bag, got into his car and kissed his wife goodbye.
  270. What Makes a Great Teacher?: For years, the secrets to great teaching have seemed more like alchemy than science, a mix of motivational mumbo jumbo and misty-eyed tales of inspiration and dedication. But for more than a decade, one organization has been tracking hundreds of thousands of kids, and looking at why some teachers can move them three grade levels ahead in a year and others can’t. Now, as the Obama administration offers states more than $4 billion to identify and cultivate effective teachers, Teach for America is ready to release its data.
  271. Masters of Their Universe: Computer games weren’t very good in 1982. There was Space Invaders and there was PacMan – but you didn’t get much more for your money than the basic zapping and munching experience. Which was what prompted two teenage mathematicians to create the cosmos of their dreams, making them a fortune and inspiring computer nerds the world over.
  272. Can Technology End Poverty?: If I were to summarize everything I learned through research in ICT4D, it would be this: technology—no matter how well designed—is only a magnifier of human intent and capacity. It is not a substitute. If you have a foundation of competent, well-intentioned people, then the appropriate technology can amplify their capacity and lead to amazing achievements. But, in circumstances with negative human intent, as in the case of corrupt government bureaucrats, or minimal capacity, as in the case of people who have been denied a basic education, no amount of technology will turn things around.
  273. Against Health: To be against health is to be critical of the myths and lies concerning our health that are circulated by the media and paid for by large industries. It is to demystify their hidden moralizing and their political agenda. It also means expanding the idea of iatric disease to include the moral and physical harm that is done to the public by particular nostrums of public health, especially those that impose constraints and privations “for your own good,” as the saying goes.
  274. The Kennedy Assassination’s Accidental Victim: People of a certain age remember exactly where they were on November 22, 1963, when they heard that President John F. Kennedy had been shot. James Tague remembers the day better than most. At the moment of the shooting, Tague was standing in Dallas’s Dealey Plaza, and was struck on the right cheek by fragments from a ricocheting bullet meant for Kennedy. Tague suffered only a superficial wound that day, but in a way, the injury is still fresh, 47 years later.
  275. Pulitzer Prize-Winning Novelist Tells the Tale of the World’s First Computer | Magazine
  276. They like their brains with more brains: Roger Ebert: She has recurring dreams that she is a zombie.
  277. Ghost Train: The Lost Pauline Kael Review of PLAN 9 FROM OUTER SPACE (1959): Roger Ebert: Pauline Kael’s long-lost review of “Plan 9 from Outer Space.”
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  344. ‘Lost’ finale recap, part two: Step into the light | Totally ‘Lost’ Recap |
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  349. ‘Lost’ on ‘Letterman': See a preview of tonight’s ‘Lost Top Ten’ |
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Gary Iacobucci is the founder of Modern Mythos Media, a narrative arts label exploring web cinema and more, and LA Revivalist. He has worked with small businesses, independent filmmakers, and performance collectives to help bring their artistic and professional visions to life. Tweet him @garyiacobucci.

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