Friday, October 21, 2011

Weekly Roundup

News of the Geek

  • Moammar Gadhafi was killed by rebel insurgents in Libya yesterday.
    • The final hunt for Gadhafi began around 8 a.m. Thursday in Sirte, which is the former leader's hometown and was one of the final loyalist strongholds of his regime. The rebels who took control of Libya in February began what they hoped would be their final offensive to conquer the town.
  • And Carlos Santana remains very much alive.
    • We're not sure how this happened, but somehow in the crush of news that hit the Web on Thursday, Oct. 20, photos of dead, ousted Libyan leader Moammar Gadhafi somehow got confused with Carlos Santana -- who, to our eyes, resembles the dictator about as much as he resembles George W. Bush, which is to say, not much.
  • Jon Bon Jovi opened up a charity restaurant in New Jersey.
    • Opened by the musician and his wife, the JBJ Soul Kitchen in New Jersey takes both cash and volunteer hours for payment. The concept is to provide a dine-in experience to the hungry while enabling them to volunteer on projects in return.
  • Couple married 72 years dies holding hands. This is a beautifully tragic story. 
    • Gordon died at 3:38 p.m. holding hands with his wife as the family they built surrounded them....At 4:38 p.m., exactly one hour after Gordon died, Norma passed too.
  • Astronomer in Hawaii captures image of forming planet
    • Adam Kraus, of the University of Hawaii's Institute for Astronomy, said the planet is being formed out of dust and gas circling a 2-milion-year-old star about 450 light years from Earth.
    • AP Photo
  • Google+ is going to start allowing users to use pseudonyms
    • Apparently the issue is technology, resources and the atmosphere the company wanted to set with Google+. The company wanted to create a community focused on real names, but now it realizes that some people have legitimate reasons to use pseudonyms.
Good Internet Reads
  • Amanda Fucking Palmer wrote a great piece on blogging as an art form.
    • but why? artists - or writers - take time to put their thoughts into words. it could be a tweet (140 characters), a poem (1-1,000,000,000,000 characters), a two-thousand word short story, or a multi-volume epic novel. why does one get precedence over the other? is it because tweets and blogs aren’t published on paper, and we still refuse to accept internet-content as valuable? has that changed now that people have kindles and are downloading shakespeare and reading heavy, hardcore journalism on their iPhones on the subway to work?? there’s some serious medium vs message shit playing out as i fucking type this. helllllllll yeah.
  • This piece, Notes from a Dragon Mom, discuss what you do as a parent when you know your child is going to die. It's heart-breaking, but enlightening. 
    • How do you parent without a net, without a future, knowing that you will lose your child, bit by torturous bit? Depressing? Sure. But not without wisdom, not without a profound understanding of the human experience or without hard-won lessons, forged through grief and helplessness and deeply committed love about how to be not just a mother or a father but how to be human.
  • A funny but smart look at why CGI humans are creepy, and what's being done to fix it
    • But as the robots' humanism approaches that of actual humans, our empathy for them — and the line on the graph — suddenly plummets. The resemblance between human and robot goes from remarkable to repulsive, and this precipitous drop became known as the "uncanny valley."
    • The uncanny valley as envisioned by the roboticist Masahiro Mori in 1970. Credit: Creative Commons | Smurrayinchester
  • I have not yet played Arkham City, but it's apparently super-duper sexist. Interesting article, despite being written in capslock. 
    • TO REITERATE: IN THE FIRST HOUR OF ARKHAM CITY WE HAVE A SCANTILLY CLAD HIGH-HEAL-NINJA-ING CATWOMAN GETTING BEATEN BY TWO-FACE AS HE CALLS HER A BITCH. WE HAVE A GROUP OF MUSCLE-BOUND HOODLUMS ALL STANDING AROUND EXCITED TO DUMP HER INTO A VAT OF ACID. BATMAN COMES TO THE RESCUE AS CATWOMAN ESCAPES. SHE FLIRTS WITH HIM MERCILESSLY AND MAKES NOT JUST DUMB, BUT NOT-FUN SEXY PUNS. BATMAN THEN GOES OUTSIDE AND YOU OVERHEAR A BUNCH OF GUYS TALKING ABOUT HOW CATWOMAN AND AGAIN THE WORD BITCH POPS IN. THEY ALL THINK SHE SWINGS BOTH WAYS (CAUSE THAT’S THE KIND OF THING ANY SEXY GIRL MUST BE UP FOR). AND THEN THEY’RE BASICALLY TALKING ABOUT THEIR MASTURBATORY FANTASIES OF HER… YOU KNOW, ABOUT THE SAME ONE THEY WERE CALLING A BITCH. BATMAN THEN GOES OVER TOWARD THE JOKER’S TOWER AND YOU HOPE ALL THIS SHIT IS OVER BUT THEN YOU OVERHEAR A BUNCH OF THUGS TALKING ABOUT HOW HARLEY QUINN IS A DUMB BITCH.
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