Magic 8 Ball Santa
Witness the jiggling fat man! This couldn't wait for a Friday humor post. I've asked questions like:
Will that cute brunette ever return my call? Will the Cincinnati Bengals go undefeated next year? Oh those lonely times at work...Huzzah!
Which animal are you?
I'm a zebra
, a bear
or possibly a rooster
. What other beasts dwell in the MeFi menagerie?
The prolific and inventive Philip Jose Farmer
has long been one of my favorite science fiction writers, but he is rarely counted among the Lists of Greats of the 'old school' authors.(Asimov
Does anyone else have a favorite SF writer who seems to get less credit than he or she deserves?
reportedly told the US ambassador in Islamabad that he would rather "hang himself" than extradite Sheikh Omar Sayeed.
I had made an earlier front page post on the issue of extradition, Omar's in particular, and most opinion then seemed to feel that he would be extradited. I am interested in your opinion on whether it's Musharraf who is playing games with the US, only to sustain power, all the while allowing the US to feel that they are playing him.
Remember Hanging Out And The World Out There?
This invigorating article by Jay Walljasper in the current Utne Reader
, lists 60 favourite gathering places
in the U.S. I half-expected MetaFilter to figure prominently. But then, all of a sudden, it hit me. And I felt guilty about forgetting the real outdoor, face-to-face meaning of the lost art of hanging out
. Well, I plan to make amends this weekend. I'll be hanging out at my favourite café in Lisbon - the beautiful eighteenth-century Nicola
- where table-to-table political discussions, flirting, studying, hot buttered toast and almost illegally caffeinated espressos are de rigueur
. So what's your
favourite hang-out? If and when you can tear yourself away from your computer, that is...
"I don't think it's a big problem," Willy told her. "It's a lot of little problems, and I think that's good, because little problems have little solutions."
Leave it to a 6-year-old to describe my life far more eloquently than I ever could. I have an autistic son, and deal with the little things on a daily basis. I don't think I am all that unusual; what kind of little things are a part of your life that other people might consider a big problem?
New Year's Resolutions
4 days to go, can't start the year without it, so here goes - yet another one which will make me feel good but I will inevitably break: learn something new by taking all the free seminars at Fathom
, the best learning site I could find. And you?
What if London got hit, not us?
Just wondering what would be different if London was the primary target.
Who cares if it's October .. I want to know what the best album
you've heard this year is, I'd rate The Strokes
's 'Amnesiac' and Squarepusher's
Sorry, I don't have a link for this post, but in light of the tragedy, I was thinking of the Tower of Bable story from the Bible. As I understand the story, man was trying to build a tower to reach God, but God made sure man didn't succeed.
For those of you who do (or don't) believe in God, do you think there is a message in all this sadness?
is part of a book I'm reading, "Les Lais
de Marie de France
." [Modern and original French versions, side-by-side
]. Also the tragedy Suréna
[French link], by Pierre Corneille
, and for a reading group, Genesis
from the New Revised Standard Version
of the Bible
, as a literary, not religious, text. Last week the group read The Dead
from James Joyce's "The Dubliners
" and before that Milan Kundera's
"The Unbearable Lightness of Being
." What are you reading?
What makes you laugh? Does our sense of humour change over time? Why is this not a funny link?
We keep hearing about this "who owes what to whom" now that Assembler
has closed, and Kaliber
But what of it? What does it mean? Are we so closed minded to think our Web world is the only one and that somehow the rest of the universe revolves around those of us privileged enough to be able to embark on it as a daily journey?
All of us feel one way or another towards this debate. Either we hate it, or love it, and what of that too? What *do* each of us want from this virtual world? Is there something here worth redeeming and at least arriving at a point to agree to disagree? Discuss?
Everybody's got their indulgences-- maybe it's an impressively bad tv show, a blatently comercial film you've watched dozens of times or the upteeth sequel of a good book by a lazy author.
What's your cultural big mac? What can't you admit you love?
The World's Largest Music Festival
starts today and runs until next Sunday. With acts ranging from Wilco
to the artist once again known as Prince, there's usually at least one band worth seeing for everyone. Plus it's cheap, if you go at the right time. But the question remains, what events do you look forward too each summer?
Just some light reading...
Buck Wolf is a producer at ABCNEWS.com who writes a twice-weekly column on items currently in the news. Nice, light reading, a few laughs, and some stuff you didn't know before (probably). Do any of you have favourite sites with interesting stuff for reading on slow news days?
No link here, sorry. I was thinking today of experiences that give me or have given me chills up my spine. When I was young, the national anthem did it for me. What gives it to you?
Everyone has a hobby.. mine is is playing the guitar (rather badly I may add). I love wholenote .com
. Are there any other hobbyists out there who have a site to reccomend?
Nothing too big, exciting, scandalous, ironic or wacky,
but in this article, several famous people who might be considered "American Achievers" are listed:
"The Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.; Michael Jordan; Jonas Salk; Steven Spielberg; Oprah Winfrey, Martha Stewart, the home fashion guru; Dorothy Hamill, the ice skater; Frederick W. Smith, the founder of Federal Express; and Steven Case, chairman of AOL Time Warner."
My question is: what criteria did the reporter, Elaine Sciolino, use to determine which famous people get an explanation and which don't? I know all of those names, except for Smith. My guess as to why more aren't defined is because it would sound crass to define some of the more impressive careers in just five words: "Jonas Salk, creator of the polio vaccine" or "The Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., slain civil rights leader."
We all know the rules —
no self-linking on MetaFilter. And yet I've often enjoyed peeking into people's User Profiles and checking out the sites they've put together
. So, I'll risk creating a giant love-in thread, and I'll ask: what sites made by MeFi-ers have you
the one you're looking at right now, I mean.)
Every once in a while I like to throw a big fat monkey wrench into the MetaFilter "post a link and a comment" system and get people to sit down and actually answer questions, instead of lazily following links off into the great blue yonder. And lately I've been hankering for some new & interesting reading material. So tonight, boys and girls: if you could only have one weblog to take with you to the desert island, which one would it be?
[Hint: Besides your own log!] Personally, I'd probably go with either Noah Grey's
weblog or the Chess Log
. What about you?
I would appreciate it if people would not post exit poll info no matter where they get it from. Please resist the urge.
We'll all find out how it comes out soon enough. Practice patience, Grasshopper. In the mean time, there are good reasons why all the major news organizations have agreed not to do so; it tends to influence the outcome of local elections in the West, which is not desireable. Those reasons apply just as much to this forum.
The fact that you can do something doesn't mean that you should do it.
This isn't anything new, or really all that interesting, it's hardly a link, but, Steven posted similar material, and this is certainly not some bait. Just, it might be interesting to hear your opinion. Ohh, and I apologize for it being this long.
While trying to find when the kubrick festival thing
at the music box will be, I found they were playing Sex: The Annabel Chong Story
, below they also had a quote :
"A man shags 251 women on camera and he is proclaimed a stud. He is admired. Why am I not regarded in the same way? I am a stud!" - Annabel Chong"
My immediate thought was, well, confusing. Where I wouldn't exactly call someone who just "shagged" 251 women a "stud", I wouldn't really look all that much down on him either. I'm not implying that Ms. Chong is the scum of the earth or anything, but I would certainly think just that much more of the man.
Is it me? I checked imdb's page, and a lot of the reviews had the same questions,
"I didn't know quite what to expect from this film. I didn't expect light and fluffy, but this movie, which documents the life of one weird nymphette, was less enjoyable than I could have imagined. Ms. Chong (not her real name) had a very decent middle class upbringing. The question I asked myself was why she turned out the way she did
And many more such reviews, which I won't cite, since I'm already taking up half the page, but you get the point.
Why? Our standard of women higher? Or, are we (some of us) (men), just can't stand for this sort of a thing, because we envision any woman as a mother, as maybe a wife? Easy answer might be Morals and Ethics, that it's simply not very, ahmn, in a lot of people's opinion, it's not right (it's dirty). Ok, going too far ahead here.
What are your thoughts on this?
Circumcision as a way to slow the spread of HIV.
I'm posting this here mostly 'cause I want to see some people's opinions on it. I'm against the operation for any reason other than religious, myself. I think a far better way to slow HIV would be to get people to stop sleeping around, but like that's
gonna happen, eh?
Remember the misanthope thread?
Here's an update to the story: the guy actually TALKED to my wife today. She was asking people at work how to get from her office to the Central Park Zoo. Her colleagues were arguing about it, but no one could agree on the correct route. Finally, with great exasperation, the guy said, "all you have to do is walk STRAIGHT UP THIS
STREET! You'll get to the park, and the path will split in two. One way is for cars and the other is for not-cars."
"Not-cars???" said my wife.
The guy heaved a massive sigh. "PEOPLE," he said.
Discussion: I'm a blogger, he's a blogger, she's a blogger...
[ more inside... ]
What hasn't been noted much on the DEN and boo.com closings
is the high-bandwidth aspirations both sites trumpeted. No doubt this is why much of Metafilter's readership is privately reveling in these failures. They subtly reinforce the Web's "minimum" ideals -- keeping multimedia to a minimum, minimizing file sizes and download times, letting the minimalist purity of HTML reign supreme. Should this really make us happy, though? I'm a big supporter of fast browsing and markup-language standards, but aren't we missing the point when we secretly root for the bleeding edge to fail?
This is one for discussion. Last week, I read an article debating whether or not photography was a true art form like painting or drawing, or if instead it was merely a reflection of reality and not artistic. With that in mind, when we see photos like this one
, this one
, and this one
, why do we assume that any part of what was captured was the truth? Is the camera an impartial observer, or is the photographer staging these images as a painter would? Do you think a photograph has enough reality to be considered the truth, or is a photograph a miniaturized view of reality, depending on what you point a camera at? I'm curious to hear people's thoughts, as I see groups on every side of the issue spinning these photos to support their cause.
I'm interested in folks opinions on what they find to be the most thought provokoing album from a lyrical perspective.
For me, it has to be The
by the Welsh band, the Manic
. Written from a socialist / communist angle, the lyrics
are quite explicit (see the first track "Yes"), and used intentionally
to shock people, but the way the album is written is brilliant. The use of samples
is very good, again with "Yes" and used with particularly disturbing
effect (IMHO) on the 12th track "The Intense Humming Evil", where
the sample is a piece about the Nuremburg War Trials where the commentator talks
of Holocaust victims taking revenge on their murderers.
Topics are wide ranging, and all focusing on negative aspects on humanity.
I'd be interesting in seeing what Americans here think of the second track "ifamericatoldthetruthforonedayitsworldwouldfallapart"
All in all, very bleak, quite disturbing, and quite brilliant. An interesting
glimpse into the mind of Richey Edwards, the former lead guitarist and lyricist
( and manic depressive among other things) who disappeared in 1995.
Take a look at their last two albums also - nowhere near as bleak as this one,
they are still excellent.
If you want a listen and can't get the album, I'll do an MP3 of a couple of
tracks for you - as long as you get rid of it soon after :-)