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Thursday, April 01, 2010

Thursday Top 5

Llewtube Carpool
Every week British actor and author Robert Llewellyn (best known as Kryten from “Red Dwarf”) gives someone interesting a lift, and interviews them on the way, recording a video podcast. The guests seem to usually be British entertainment insiders, but others are well-known even to us on this side of “the pond,” such as Patrick Stewart, Dave Gorman, Stephen Fry, and Tony Hawk (and apparently John Hodgeman will be doing one soon). This one’s with John Lloyd (“Blackadder,” “Not! The Nine O’Clock News,” and co-writer with Douglas Adams of The Meaning of Liff [sic]). The conversations a rather inside-y and are probably only interesting to total nerds. Like me. But the concept of conducting an interview on a car ride is simply brilliant and absurdly original in the way only the English can be. Edit: His embed code doesn’t work, so you’ll have to go to his website if you want to watch any of the videos.



Galactic Empire State of Mind
Lol at the headphones.



ABC 7 I-Team Investigates: Organic Foods
Whole Foods’ “California Blend” organic vegetables are (were?) harvested in China. This investigation is from 2008; I don’t know whether there’s been an update.



Metallica, “Enter Sandman” (Smooth Jazz Version)
Nice!

Acrylic on flesh
A very interesting technique by Alexa Meade.

“Good riddance to him, the freeloading bastard”
John Cleese at fellow Python Graham Chapmans’s memorial service. [.mpg, 1.79 MB]


The weekly Thursday Top 5 lists the five most notable, interesting, funny, outrageous, cool, or simply strange things of the week. It is intended for distractionary purposes only. Do not take orally. If ingested, seek a doctor’s advice. If you like it, share it with others, or check out the long list of previous entries.

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Wednesday, February 24, 2010

“Can you super-size that please?”

At the risk of sounding un-PC and reinforcing a stereotype, it struck me as funny when a largish person (I think obese is a term with some stigma, although I’m confident she would fit the technical definition) who’s visiting the office for a week asks her nearest cube-mate whether there’s anyplace that will deliver lunch.

In San Francisco, most people who work in downtown office buildings go out for lunch to one of the many, many restaurants, delis, etc. that are squeezed into nearly every crevice that isn’t occupied by a Starbucks or office space. There are probably three or four dozen eateries within easy walking distance (a block or three) of our office, offering everything from cheap soup and sandwiches to exquisite dining.

All I could think when I heard this person ask about delivery was, “Perhaps if you walked a little more each day you would be in better shape. After all, you’re visiting one of the most walkable cities in the country, a city with more restaurants per capita than almost anywhere else, and it’s not even bloody raining or anything.

Since I’m already probably offending people, I might as well just go ahead and add that this woman was a Southerner. Now, before you cry foul and nail me to a piece of wood for my wanton sterotyping, let’s just reflect that nine of the ten states with the most obese Americans are Southern states, and yes, she was from one of those states.

In fact, I’m always struck by the astonishing difference when we travel to Missouri (#12 most obese state) and suddenly notice that we’re the thinnest people nearly everywhere we go, sometimes the only thin people!

I wonder if people who live in the South experience a similar wonder when they travel to the coasts and see more thin people.

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Thursday, January 28, 2010

Thursday Top 5



Frank Zappa on “Crossfire” 1986
This is an awesome segment broadcast during the height of the music censorship wars of the 1980s and ’90s. I wasn’t into Frank Zappa but I really liked the way he stood up for the rights of his fellow musicians and the public in general. I read the Wikipedia pages on the Parents Music Resource Center (PMRC) the other night, plus about 80 pages of the testimony from the Senate hearings on “porn rock” in 1985. Speakers included Frank Zappa, John Denver, Dee Snider, Senator Al Gore, Tipper Gore, and others. This hearing was one of the reasons why I hated Al Gore for a long time. He was a member of the committee hearing testimony from his own wife, and didn’t recuse himself in the face of an obvious conflict of interests. And he wasn’t the only one: All the founders of the PMRC were wives of influential government officials, including other Senators. This is a big part of why I didn’t vote for Bill Clinton when Gore was his running-mate (although not the only reason, for sure), and didn’t vote for Al Gore when he ran for president. I love what he’s done for environmental awareness in the world, but I detest what he did in 1985. For the record, I voted for Jerry Brown and Ralph Nader (whose platforms I actually believed in), regardless of the fact that they were unlikely to win. I followed the testimony by watching a great segment of CNN’s Crossfire from 1986, where Zappa faces off with three hopelessly out of touch old white men.



Protect yourself
Not exactly safe for work. [via Jenny]



How to bake a car



You are Dr. Tran Fan?

Shitmydadsays
You may not “like” or “do” or even “get” Twitter, but if you have any sense of humor at all, you owe it to yourself to at least read this Twitter stream once. NSFW if you read out loud. You will laugh out loud.


The weekly Thursday Top 5 lists the five most notable, interesting, funny, outrageous, cool, or simply strange things of the week. It is intended for distractionary purposes only. Do not take orally. If ingested, seek a doctor’s advice. If you like it, share it with others, or check out the long list of previous entries.

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Thursday, September 24, 2009

Thursday Top 5



Russian goth wedding
[via OffBeatBride]



Free Social Network Icon Pack
Well-designed icons.



Laura Stec’s Cool Cuisine
Not sure if “How to chow an onion” is relevant to global warming, but it’s a good how-to for the cooking novices like me anyway.



Titan
In case you need to rent a robot.



10 Things I Hate About Commandments



The weekly Thursday Top 5 lists the five most notable, interesting, funny, outrageous, cool, or simply strange things of the week. It is intended for distractionary purposes only. Do not take orally. If ingested, seek a doctor’s advice. If you like it, share it with others, or check out the long list of previous entries.

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Thursday, September 17, 2009

Thursday Top 5



Public acceptance of evolution
A sobering and shameful look at our backward nation.



Who makes the paper grade?
In a new report card from ForestEthics and the Dogwood Alliance, FedEx Office and Office Depot get high marks for avoiding paper from endangered and controversial sources while Amazon.com, Costco, Target, and others get D and F grades. Download the report card here, or read an article about it from Greebiz.com.



Google Earth Tour of Sierra Pacific Industries’ clearcuts in California’s forests
Do you know where the town of Arnold, CA, is? Media coverage of logging in California died down a decade ago, and most people don’t realize the clearcuts have been going on ever since. “I wake up at night at 3:30, hearing the logging trucks and knowing what’s happening,” says Arnold resident Susan Robinson. “It makes me sick...I’m the daughter of a forester myself. I am not anti-logging. SPI [Sierra Pacific Industries] should be able to log its land. But it shouldn’t have the right to obliterate everything.” [from an article in the SFBG: “The Harshest Cut”]

Okay, those first three were a little depressing, so here are a couple more light-hearted selections:



NightLife at the Cal Academy of Sciences
“Every Thursday, the Academy is transformed into a lively venue filled with music, provocative science, mingling, and cocktails, for visitors 21 and older. Activities and performers change week to week.” Tonight (September 17) features my friend Laura Stec, among others. NightLife takes place every Thursday from 6 to 10pm; tickets are $12 ($10 for Academy members).



Hungry kitty [via Jason]


The weekly Thursday Top 5 lists the five most notable, interesting, funny, outrageous, cool, or simply strange things of the week. It is intended for distractionary purposes only. Do not take orally. If ingested, seek a doctor’s advice. If you like it, share it with others, or check out the long list of previous entries.

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Thursday, September 10, 2009

Thursday Top 5



Leftovers
Cecile Figuette takes a picture of everything she eats. Every day. [via Photojojo]



“We didn’t know the Onion was not a real news site.”
Two Bangladeshi newspapers republished an article from the Onion which “revealed” that the Moon landings were faked, then had to apologize to their readers later.



London: Harder, Better, Faster, Stronger
3,328 still pictures stitched together as s stop-frame animation of London street life.



Fireplays



Minilogue: Animals
Very cool animation and character design by Kristofer Ström.


The weekly Thursday Top 5 lists the five most interesting, funny, outrageous, cool, or simply strange things of the week. It is intended for distractionary purposes only. Do not take orally. If ingested, seek a doctor’s advice. If you like it, share it with others, or check out the long list of previous entries.

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Thursday, August 13, 2009

Thursday Top 5



Grupo Falso Baiano
My pal Jesse’s group plays choros, a Brazilian style of music popularized in the 1920s and ’30s. They play classic songs plus modern songs in the choros style, including a version of the Super Mario theme. They happen to be playing in Berkeley tonight, if you’re in those parts: Thursday, August 13 (8 to 11pm), at Anna's Jazz Island, 2120 Allston Way, Berkeley; $14 cover. They’re also playing a free lunchtime concert on Monday, Aug 17, at 101 California Street, San Francisco, noon to 1pm. Preview a few songs here, including “Irmãos Super Mario,” or check their site for more info or to buy their CD.



STFU, Marrieds
“Married couples on Facebook with their inane status updates and wall posts are the bane of my internet existence. Seriously, marrieds. STFU.” While I detect a whiff of jealousy here, the examples on this blog are indeed pretty over the top in ridiculous lovey-dovey-ness and inane insecurity.



GigPosters.com



Ray Charles, “Ring of Fire”
Ray Charles doing Johnny Cash. Absolutely awesome. [via BoingBoing]



The goats are smiling
Doug Fine’s off-the-grid lifestyle experiment has been covered on NPR and BoingBoingTV, and has spawned a book, Farewell, My Subaru: An Epic Adventure in Local Living. [via BoingBoing]


The weekly Thursday Top 5 lists the five most interesting, funny, outrageous, cool, or simply strange things of the week. It is intended for distractionary purposes only. Do not take orally. If ingested, seek a doctor’s advice. If you like it, share it with others, or check out the long list of previous entries.

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Thursday, August 06, 2009

Thursday Top 5



Sk8face: The Evolution of Skateboard Art trailer (explicit)
Mostly for Jason A. [via Gary L.]



Robocop Rap
The entire movie Robocop retold as a rap, in 10 minutes.



SugarStacks.com
Visualize how much sugar is in the fruit, veggies, drinks, and snacks you consume.



Cheap. Cheap.
Twitter may have paid $6 or less for their birdie graphic.

You Thought We Wouldn’t Notice
Great blog chronicling designs that have been ripped off.


The weekly Thursday Top 5 lists the five most interesting, funny, outrageous, cool, or simply strange things of the week. It is intended for distractionary purposes only. Do not take orally. If ingested, seek a doctor’s advice. If you like it, share it with others, or check out the long list of previous entries.

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Thursday, June 11, 2009

Thursday Top 5



“You bastard! You’ve summoned the fail whale!”
Hilarious! This is for Velma (and anyone else) who doesn’t get the appeal of Twitter. [4:24 min]



Real-life Twitter
lol. [1:20 min]



Stephen Colbert survives a close shave in Iraq
“The Colbert Report” was broadcast live from Iraq this week, and the first show kicked off with guest Ray Odierno, Commanding General, Multi-National Force – Iraq. During the interview, President Obama dropped in via satellite and ordered General Odierno to shave Colbert’s head. [23:42 min, 3 commercials]



Food, Inc. [3:31 min]



Facebook Manners and You
Lolz, this is brilliant. Mind your Facebook manners or ya might end up in the slammer. [4:14 min]

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Thursday, May 14, 2009

Thursday Top 5



Carolyn Davis Catering
My friend Carolyn Davis (née Peters) has a new website, and although I didn’t design it, I heartily approve of its design: it’s great. Carolyn’s a fantastic chef, I’ve seen her at work at events she was catering and I can attest to her team’s excellence and her culinary brilliance as well. Hire her!



A Glimpse Ahead
Courtesy of Microsoft Labs. A lot of these technologies and interfaces are actually already in development and there are even some real-world working examples of some of them. I expect we’ll see quite a few of these in the next five to ten years. [1:54 min]



Maker Profile: Kinetic Wave Sculptures
Freakin’ cool. [10:41 min]



Extreme Sheep LED Art
I think some of this might have been digitally manipulated, but it’s pretty funny nonetheless. [2:45 min]

Ursula K. Le Guin’s work still resonates with readers
Pretty Good Los Angeles Times article.

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Thursday, April 09, 2009

Thursday Top 5



How Peeps are made
Photos: Inside Just Born, the manufacturing factory of marshmallow Peeps in Bethlehem, PA.



Twitter co-founder Biz Stone on “The Colbert Report” last week [7:10 min]



Osbournes Reloaded: Episode 1
I had no idea there even was a new Osbournes show. I only learned about it through someone’s tweet. It’s kind of a variety/game show. Lots of swearing (censored, since it’s on Fox), but not bad really, all things considered. Ozzy even looks pretty good. I have to say, the ending of this first episode is truly over the top. [28:59 min]



For the Love of Vinyl: Aubrey “Po” Powell on Hipgnosis
Hipgnosis was the design firm behind some of the most influential and recognizable (not to mention strangest) album covers of the 1970s and ’80s, having worked with artists such as Pink Floyd, Paul McCartney, and Led Zeppelin. The principals have put out a retrospective book: For the Love of Vinyl: The Album Art of Hipgnosis. [8:42 min]

Bill Gates on Facebook
40 billion reasons why he’s better than Steve Jobs.

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