Wednesday, November 29

The Wii Lebowski

Because I interviewed the president of Nintendo Americas today, and in the footsteps of He-Lebowski and the NSFW Lebowski, I give you....

The Wii Lebowski!

Dr Seuss vs Malaria

Very trippy educational comic by Dr Seuss, created for the U.S. Army during WWII.

Composite airport takeoff photo

busy airport
Originally uploaded by superlocal.

Friday, November 10


Wikipedia kicks knowledge on the common American pastime of calling dibs on the front seat, supposedly to refer to the armed men who rode next to stagecoach drivers.

Where does it come from?

"First use of the phrase to refer to automobiles occurred in 1954 when the TV series Gunsmoke became extremely popular."

Calling out "shotgun" to obtain the front passenger seat dates back to the 1960s, according to The Straight Dope, which says that references to the stagecoach version can be found as early as the 1920s.

(Not to be confused with this)

More rules on Wikipedia, including the in-poor-taste "Kurt Cobain" variation, here.

Thursday, November 9

"Snow Crash" comes true, again

First author Neal Stephenson's depiction of a virtual reality metaverse in his novel "Snow Crash" has already come true, in a pointedly self-concious fashion, in the virtual 3D world of Second Life.

Now scientists have found evidence that backs up Snow Crash's description of speaking in tongues, aka glossolalia, as a neurolinguistic phenomenon that short-circuits the brian's normal language centers.
Researchers at the University of Pennsylvania took brain images of five women while they spoke in tongues and found that their frontal lobes — the thinking, willful part of the brain through which people control what they do — were relatively quiet, as were the language centers. The regions involved in maintaining self-consciousness were active. The women were not in blind trances, and it was unclear which region was driving the behavior.

Colbertian Election Analysis

stephen_colbertStephen Colbert, or, rather "Stephen Colbert," ain't too happy with the election results:
Tomorrow you're all going to wake up in a brave new world -- a world where the Constitution gets trampled by an army of terrorist clones, created in a stem cell research lab run by homosexual doctors who sterilize their instruments over burning American flags.

Where tax and spend Democrats take all your hard earned money and use it to buy electric cars for national public radio and teach evolution to illegal immigrants.

Oh, and everybody's high!

Tuesday, November 7

The Onion on Frito-Lay's new marketing message


"Weren't Sun Chips healthy enough for you, you goddamn hippie bastards?"

Thursday, November 2

"You can't get through Detroit training in no pool!"

Apologies if this is everywhere on American TV, but I just watched it five times and laughed out loud every time at the 00:49 mark...

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