Posts Tagged: Saturday Morning Links
So winter finally showed up in Des Moines this week. It’s been a nice run, what with temperatures in the 50s, but yesterday it barely got above 20, and I’ve been looking for a tauntaun to slaughter and climb inside of ever since....more
I woke up yesterday, saw that the temperature outside was 36 degrees and thought “that’s not so bad.” I think I’m adjusting to the idea of winter, though it’s still early yet.
I already watch Mythbusters regularly, but I can’t wait to see this episode, given that they accidentally shot a cannonball through someone’s house....more
So two days ago, I walked to work in the snow. Flurries–it didn’t stick except on the grass in the shade–but snow nonetheless, enough for my 8-year old self living in Big Branch, Louisiana to crap himself in glee to see....more
Happy Saturday. I hear the hot new seasoning for food this year is some kind of spray-on pepper. I’ll be looking for it in my local market.
How does the rest of the world see Thanksgiving?
It’s been clear for a long time that former Kansas Senator and current Kansas Governor Sam Brownback is a restaurant-quality asshole, but this is an impressive display by any standard....more
I’d like to take a moment to thank everyone who commented on or liked or otherwise communicated their appreciation for “The Spirit of Violent Lamentation.” I’m glad it touched people in a positive way. Also, it was a complete coincidence that Roxane Gay’s piece on the language of sexual violence went up around the same time....more
Some mornings I wish I had an automatic coffee dispenser right next to my desk. Most mornings, actually.
Over at Slate, Ron Rosenbaum takes apart Anonymous, the new Shakespeare conspiracy theory movie, beautifully.
How big a role does expectation play in your ability to tell the difference between good wine and bad?...more
So an hour after this goes up, I’ll be leading an informal wine-tasting. My new job has its perks. I’ll probably be the only one spitting, though.
What would you do for a free hotel room?
A reminder that we have way more to fear from zealots than zombies....more
To our friends on the east coast dealing with Hurricane Irene–be safe. I know from experience it’s unlikely that any of you are reading this, but even so. A storm like this one is nothing to mess with, even if it’s strangely beautiful when seen from this angle....more
Happy Saturday everyone! The splint is off, the coffee is hot, the English Premier League is streaming on my second screen, and I’m starting a new job on Monday.
Look at these photos from inside the Fukushima Nuclear Plant.
It’s crazy that 90% of computer users don’t know about ctrl+f for finding things, and it’s cool that Google has something called a “search anthropologist.”
This is an important part of our nation’s history, and it should be a part of the National Park System....more
Good morning from Iowa! Yes, I have relocated from one place of blistering heat and humidity to a midwest in the middle of a heatwave with BONUS! a real winter to boot. Stay tuned for posts about my attempts to learn to shovel snow (or learn to bribe a neighborhood kid to shovel snow for me) as the year continues....more
This time next week, I’ll be living in Des Moines, Iowa. Anyone want to help me unload a truck?
I had some minor food allergies as a kid, and I carried an inhaler back when that sort of shit got you beaten up in grade school, but Sandra Beasley has it way worse....more
You ever feel like the invisible hand of the market has been touching you inappropriately?
I don’t think there’s any place that feels emptier than an abandoned amusement park. These pictures of Six Flags New Orleans are really powerful.
How does a body go unnoticed in a public swimming pool for two days?...more
New York made same-sex marriage legal last night. They’re the sixth state to take that step, and the largest so far. What are the rest of us waiting for?
Take a rubber tree plant and hook it up to a self-watering mechanism calibrated to the price of Home Depot’s stick price and you get Spore 1.1, a study in frustrating the empathic impulse....more
Because there are not enough cat sites on the internets.
Dahlia Lithwick asks how judges can decide if threats against their colleagues are protected by the First Amendment.
Remember Senator John Kyl’s statement about Planned Parenthood that wasn’t intended to be a factual statement?...more
Seemingly out of nowhere, a couple of pieces on The Wire, probably my favorite television show ever. The first is in The Threepenny Review, by W. S. DiPiero, a piece called “Who Shot Snot?” The second, by way of Hannah Miet at We Who Are About to Die, reimagines The Wire as a forgotten Victorian novel....more
This week for me contains both Mardi Gras and Spring Break. Unfortunately, my hangovers hurt too badly these days for me to give this convergence the honor it deserves.
This is one of those stories that’s utterly unsurprising when you hear it, but it’s nice to know all the same....more
You know who just got another shipment of authors copies of his debut book of poetry? This guy.
Harper Collins tells libraries they can check out e-books 26 times before they’ll be locked up. The sad thing is that Harper Collins is better than other publishers in that they allow it in the first place....more