Pop culture

Awesome time-lapse video

Aug 18th, 2009 | By Editor | Category: Pop culture

I found this amazing time-lapse video on the Mattflies blog.
Matt says his friend John Turner created it.
John must have a LOT of time on his hands!



Best Superbowl commercials

Feb 2nd, 2009 | By Editor | Category: Humanities, Marketing, Pop culture

And here they are! The best commercials of the Superbowl (at least the ones at CBS)



Dumb warning labels

Feb 1st, 2009 | By Editor | Category: Humor, The way we live

Here’s a quick follow-up to my dumb laws and odd customs post:
I found a site that lists dumb warning labels. Check it out.



Dumb laws and odd customs

Jan 31st, 2009 | By Editor | Category: Geology, Humor, Math, Politics, Religious studies, The way we live, Uncategorized

On the subject of morals, customs, mores, and the relative nature of right and wrong: It is often the case that what is “right” in one culture, one time, is totally “wrong” in another culture, or at another time.
Nothing proves this better than dumb laws: laws that surely must’ve made some sense to someone somewhere, [...]



The crappier the movie, the bigger the Box Office

Jan 31st, 2009 | By Editor | Category: Anthropology, Movies, The way we live, What's YOUR take on this?

Looking at the list of recently released movies, I see a really ironic trend. It seems that the higher the rating a movie gets on the tomatometer, the lower-grossing that movie will be at the Box Office. The obvious conclusion: Aim for crap! Eskew quality! Run from art!
Makes you think of The Producers, doesn’t it? [...]



Thoughts on Bill Gates’ Harvard speech

Jan 30th, 2009 | By Editor | Category: Anthropology, Celebrities, Featured article, Human Rights, Leadership, Making things better, Philosophy, What's YOUR take on this?

Today I’m reading Bill Gates’ Harvard Commencement speech.
What drew me to this was his seemingly new passion for activism. However, reading his speech I realized that it was not a new passion, but a natural progression (with perhaps the catalytic effect of some recently gained insights.)
One of the most striking points of Gates’ speech is [...]



Scavenger Hunt: Bush Out, Obama In.

Jan 30th, 2009 | By Editor | Category: Memes and Archetypes, Politics, Scavenger hunts, The way we live, U.S.

Scavenger Hunt!
Ok boys and girls; for this scavenger hunt we’re using TVTropes as our playground.
DingDongTheWitchIsDead
Bush is not dead (some vague analogy to Saddam Hussein circa 1991 comes to mind. Is that wrong?)  The recent rejection of Obama’s stimulus package by every single Republican in the House reflects this.
Ontological Inertia
We still have the Patriot Act, [...]



Obama 2.0

Jan 29th, 2009 | By Editor | Category: Featured article, Leadership, Making things better, Memes and Archetypes, Politics, U.S.

Today I’m reading an interesting article about Obama 2.0 - a newly-coined word to describe the President’s vast lobbying and campaigning network as it redefines itself post-election.
Of course some republicans are quick to cast aspersion and raise doubt (shocking no one.) I really hope that this amazing Web 2.0-ingrained, social-network driven machine is well [...]