Links on a Sunday - great timewasters
And great testimonials to the power of the internet:
"Disorientation at Yale" -- I'm glad my freshman son is not going there. We need more professors stepping forward to lead, like these two at the University of Michigan. We need strong people willing to stand up in opposition to suppression of discourse and free inquiry by political correctness. Tenured professors are in a better position to do this than are incoming freshmen students.
For all the nonsense propagated on college campuses these days, there are plenty of real thinkers producing amazing things--like high speed robotic hands. How long before these little gizmos can be running around picking our pockets (and otherwise kicking our butts) without our even knowing what just happened?
From Uncle Kelly, a hilarious animated short of about a cat...just like our cat. My daughter and I were shrieking with laughter. This artist Simon really nails it.
Speaking of cats, the famous online phenom, Nora the piano-playing cat, now has had her own concerto composed just for her. I even kinda like it as music. I really like it as a cat show! Good kitty!
A Japanese Buddha sculpture made from dead insects (we loved the soundtrack background). We still want to go to Japan someday!
A doll/action figure that looks just like...you? Narcissistic much?
Twelve stunning rooftop gardens (I would like to visit them all.)
"How Different Groups of Americans Spend Their Day" - from The American Time Use survey. This clever graphic chart is especially intriguing for how it interacts when you move the cursor around.
How about an online Translation Party? Only works in Japanese, tho. Can you stump it? I did.
A Russian advertisement/video: How to hide from your customers if you are an unreliable company! Made me laugh. Of course, the Russians have had generations of practice at being both unreliable and non-customer-friendly, but I like the way they make a joke of it here.
Design ideas daily at dorknob.com"The Power of the Poor" narrated by Peruvian economist Hernando de Soto, explores the worldwide economy of entrepreneurs around the globe near the poverty line, and how they are helping themselves; it will air nationwide on PBS October 8, 10 PM Eastern time. Here's a preview.
Hear all the words in the world pronounced at forvo.com. Very helpful for my daughter, who's now learning French, and for my son, who's tackling German. They even have Welsh here. Lots of fun for linguaphiles.
Explore Manhattan circa 1609 at The Mannahatta Project. They didn't have that when I was a kid learning history!
And we still go around calling it Woden's Day (a webpage devoted to why we call the days of the week what we call them).
(Thanks to Breakaway Barge.)
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