August, 2009 browsing by month


Dying to Know the Origin of This

Monday, August 31st, 2009


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Update via Reddit: The picture itself was created by the artist Hugh Fleming and called “Star Wars Rocks,” and made as an exclusive to the official Star Wars fan club in the late 90s. Original prints are collector’s items now, although Lucas officially resells the poster (as mentioned above by another poster) on Zazzle.


Thursday, August 27th, 2009

Joe Queenan offers a dazzlingly insightful look at the modern apology and its apparently utter lack of actual remorse.

Even in more recent, less theatrically vindictive times, true regret for one’s transgressions has always required a willingness to accept punishment, even if the punishment consists of nothing more than humiliation. The wrongdoer must admit that he has behaved shamefully and then accept being shamed. This means that if he is going to apologize for his actions, his apology must be abject and mortifying, with no wheedling, no qualifications, no whining. The apology cannot be used as a justification for one’s misdeeds, nor can the apology be hijacked to make the penitent seem in some way noble. For an apology to work, the apologist must get down on his knees and grovel. It is not enough to ask for forgiveness. He must beg for it.

Elegy for the Tone Deaf

Wednesday, August 19th, 2009

Can’t sing? Here’s why. (Hint: Blame your brain architecture.)

Benjamin Franklin: Full of Win

Thursday, August 13th, 2009

Love this page on Franklin, but this daily to-do list is the best part.


And What Is Your Age, Sir?

Thursday, August 13th, 2009

New rules at the airport, yay!

As of Saturday, you may (or may not, who knows!) have to provide your gender (gay) and age (uhh) when buying your little online plane tickets so you can go to New Jersey or whatever, for a funeral. Hooray!

This Is All Kinds of Awesome

Tuesday, August 11th, 2009

The world’s most expensive champagne looks fit for the Flintstones.

(Thanks for the tip, Toby!)

Mind vs. Matter

Tuesday, August 4th, 2009

Brain says: Delivery is from 10 to 12.

Reality says: Delivery is from 12 to 2.

Brain loses. So does stomach, which was waiting for delivery to go get lunch.

What Does the Fire Alarm Sound Like?

Sunday, August 2nd, 2009

sounds like whoop