laurence turner

the random musings of a fool

… le deluge

A quiet weekend leads to a major outpouring of news and… stuff.

It’s International Blue Beanie Day, 2009. Today, don a blue beanie and show your support for Web Standards.

A marvelous idea: For Forest Kindergartners, Class Is Back to Nature, Rain or Shine, nytimes.com / Disturbingly bad architecture: Romanian Pavilion for Shanghai World Expo 2010, archdaily.com / Venice hit by high water (video), guardian.co.uk / coming to a browser near you – 2010: The Year Information Pollution Takes Off, seobook.com / New York destroyed in movies, kottke.org / a picture is worth a thousand words and a few trillion dollars: 27 Visualizations and Infographics to Understand the Financial Crisis, flowingdata.com / The Illustrated Man: How LED Tattoos Could Make Your Skin a Screen, wired.com / The Fall and Rise of Media, nytimes.com / Over 60, and Proud to Join the Digerati, nytimes.com / Twitter with a brain, shotton.com / One in six Americans go hungry, breakingtweets.com / 15 Unfortunately Placed Ads, oddee.com / Thanksgiving Dinner: Your Best Preview of the 2012 Elections, theawl.com / As Sewers Fill, Waste Poisons Waterways, nytimes.com / What did ‘Life of Brian’ ever do for us?, telegraph.co.uk

in the beginning… there was this web page.

Amazingly, there is nothing new to report about Silvio Berlusconi and his proclivities.

Filed under: architecture, film, news, tech

Tactical Nuclear Penguin

The confessions of a semi-successful author, salon.com / Lord Goldsmith told Tony Blair war to topple Saddam would be illegal, guardian.co.uk / Climate change data dumped, timesonline.co.uk / The man who smuggled himself into Auschwitz, bbc.co.uk / Tactical Nuclear Penguin, vimeo.com

Filed under: uncategorized

Going Rogue

“And Sarah Palin sells copies. She is the country’s first WWE politician — a cartoon combatant who inspires stadiums full of frustrated middle American followers who will cheer for her against whichever villain they trot out, be itNewsweek, Barack Obama, Katie Couric, Steve Schmidt, the Mad Russian, Randy Orton or whoever. Her followers will not know that she is the perfect patsy for our system, designed as it is to channel popular anger in any direction but a useful one, and to keep the public tied up endlessly in pointless media melees over meaningless nonsense (melees of the sort that develop organically around Palin everywhere she goes). Like George W. Bush, even Palin herself doesn’t know this, another reason she’s such a perfect political tool.” – Sarah Palin, WWE Star, Matt Taibbi, trueslant.com

Filed under: politics, stupidity

11.27.2009 links

This is getting messy… Iraq invasion legitimacy was in doubt, Chilcot inquiry told, guardian.co.uk / He’ll be sorely missed: Mark Pittman, Reporter Who Foresaw Crisis, Dies at 52, bloomberg.com / ‘Geek Love’ author fights off purse snatcher in Northwest Portland, oregonlive.com / Complexity and Humanity, freesouls.cc / A Jazz Pianist, Happy To Work For ‘Peanuts’, npr.org / Waging War On Distracted Driving, npr.org / Yawn: it’s one of the best things you can do for your brain, upenn.edu

Filed under: news, obituary, politics, tech

Black Friday Specials

Top 10 green living myths, guardian.co.uk / the death of the printed book is closer than you think, arvindn.livejournal.com / Group of Magazine Publishers Is Said to Be Building an Online Newsstand, nytimes.com / From Telegraph to Twitter: The Language of the Short Form, poynter.org / a world of hits, economist.com / Twitter Japan to introduce payment model, media.asia / the death of uncool, prospectmagazine.co.uk / AutocompleteMe, autocompleteme.com

Filed under: film, stupidity, tech

3 things…

1. The dark side of the internet, guardian.co.uk

2. Romanian president Traian Basescu punches a kid in the face, youtube.com

3. Lastly, something nice – Bill Frisell Trio: Spontaneous at Kennedy, npr.org

Filed under: music, politics, stupidity, tech

giving thanks

Loudon Wainwright Looks ‘High’ For Inspiration, npr.org / What If Steve Jobs Hadn’t Returned To Apple In 1997?, techcrunch.com / America, the beautiful? – Roadside Architectural Wonders, howstuffworks.com / Solar System Scale Model, phrenopolis.com

Filed under: architecture, history, music, tech, thanks

between fantasy and reality

Fallen Princesses, fallenprincesses.com / Obama’s Home Teleprompter Malfunctions During Family Dinner, theonion.com /

Filed under: art + design, politics, stupidity

9/11 tragedy pager intercepts

WikiLeaks is hosting something unique: “From 3AM on Wednesday November 25, 2009, until 3AM the following day (US east coast time), WikiLeaks is releasing over half a million US national text pager intercepts. The intercepts cover a 24 hour period surrounding the September 11, 2001 attacks in New York and Washington.”

The pager intercepts can be found here: http://911.wikileaks.org/

Filed under: history, news, tech

hobbit edition

‘Hobbits’ are a new human species, according to statistical analysis of fossils, sciencedaily.com / Sushi DNA Tests Reveal Fraud, wired.com / A Milestone in the Health Care Journey (?), theatlantic.com / The Secret Political Reach Of ‘The Family’, npr.org / something to watch tonight: The Card Game, pbs.org

Filed under: politics, science

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