Archive for the ‘culture’ Category


Everything I needed to know about 9/11 I learned from Star Trek.

December 16, 2009

Riker: “9/11 was an inside job.”

See also (not as funny, kinda long, but y’know)


It’s tough to be a girl musician…

November 14, 2008

Direct YouTube link

Spike Jones fan site, on Wikipedia, and according to Thomas Pynchon.


Dinosaurs in the Civil War

November 12, 2008

dinosaurkingdomphoto by Robert Kimberly

Dinosaur Kingdom
It’s 1863 and Union soldiers have discovered a hidden valley filled with dinosaurs. Now the Yankees plan to use the dinos as weapons of mass destruction against the South.

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American Hardcore (Sony release, still news to me).

November 10, 2008

American Hardcore (loud siezure inducing Flash intro at link, see also Wikipedia ) is a documentary about Wuziristani TV jingles, which hardly breaks new ground or offers new perspective but does have good interviews, most remarkably with several members of Bad Brains including H.R.  Also, big points for acknowledging the existence of the Big Boys.  And you can watch it on YouTube (direct YT link, natch).  Dig also the book.


Judas Priest vs. Slayer by proxy aborigonal gang wars. Seriously.

September 9, 2008

From Vice magazine:

Violent riots had erupted between two of the town’s largest gangs and for a moment it looked like the Australian Army…was going to have to be brought in…what really blew us away was that the town…was split up into gangs named after heavy metal bands. There were the Judas Priest Boys, the Evil Warriors, and the Slayer Mob.



Other blogs.

July 8, 2008

You’re stuck with ‘em for now, I can’t be bothered.

It’s Sea Monster Week at Tetrapod Zoology.

Caenorhabditis elegans lacks eyes, yet sees, per The Other 95%.

A Neatorama trifecta, as they bring us the giant rubber energy-crisis-solving snake, the Nietzsche Family Circus, and I Met the Walrus.


Why don’t you turn the computer off for a bit.

June 18, 2008

But first print out this Atlantic article about what the internet is doing to our brains and go read it outside under a tree or something.  Then talk about it with someone- in meatspace, using your vocal chords.



Medieval torture device or Bed Bath & Beyond gadget.

March 18, 2008

See if you can tell. I got them all right except for the Spanish tickler.



Before germ theory…

March 13, 2008


According to Pink Tentacle:

Long ago in Japan, human illness was commonly believed to be the work of tiny malevolent creatures inside the body. Harikikigaki, a book of medical knowledge written in 1568 by a now-unknown resident of Osaka, introduces 63 of these creepy-crawlies and describes how to fight them with acupuncture and herbal remedies.



March 13, 2008

Why We’re Powerless to Resist Grazing on Endless Web Data by Lee Gomes for the Wall Street Journal.  See, it’s not even our fault.


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