Archive for September, 2009

September 30, 2009

Anneka Tran: “Solar System” Individual planet illustrations here. [via.]

From The Daily What


Carl Sagan song ft. Stephen Hawking (with whale impressions!)

September 30, 2009

This is funny, and familiar stuff to anyone who’s watched his science series, Cosmos.

Pretty bad book title…

September 28, 2009

Cooking with Pooh: Yummy Tummy Cookie Cutter Treats

So, this isn’t a new book, but… could there have been, maybe, a meeting before this went to print?

Picture’s from, where you can also buy this delicious little number.

Palin has finished her book, “Going Rogue”

September 28, 2009

Hahaha. I know what I’m getting my family for Christmas. Sarah Palin has put down the pen on her memoir about whatever it is she does nowadays, Going Rogue: An American Life and it will be out on November 17. When the news broke last November, one blogger thought the title would be Near Russia With Love, but this is almost as good. I still don’t know what the hell ‘going rogue’ is anyway. Is it like quitting before you can even complete your first term as a small-state governor? Is it like lying and making everyone who works for you dislike you? Is it sorta akin to making long-winded speeches that get headlines in major Chinese newspapers like “Palin Gives Speech in Hong Kong, Called Boring, Members of the Audience Left Early”? I wonder if she’s going to be calling it like she sees it? I love it when she does that.

If it weren’t for those silly copyright laws, someone might do a remix, a la Sense and Sensibility and Sea Monsters, called Going Rogue and Going Commando. Or someone could write an unauthorized sequel a la The Catcher in The Rye 2 by not-Salinger. Or maybe those are both bad ideas, copyright or not.

Here I thought the Kirk Cameron-championed religious remix of Darwin’s On the Origin of Species would be THE Christmas gift of the year.

Real Good Moment In Journalism

September 19, 2009

Fox News is too easy a target, but I can’t let this ad in newspapers owned by Fox New’s parent company go by. Here’s a scan of it from the Huffington Post:


This is not commentary (which stations, especially Fox, like to use because it gets the protection of “opinion”), it is manipulation by advertisement. The funny part is that, for anyone who pays attention to the news in the least, it was an obvious lie. What made them do that? And what made the only non-Fox-related paper, the Washington Post, agree to put the full-page ad in?

OK that last question was partially rhetorical; the Washington Post is not what it used to be. You might as well read Politico instead. But purposefully, demonstrably false advertising is generally a no-no. Revenue from a full-page ad wins every time, I guess.

Here’s an article on responses to the lie.

Passage of the Day

September 18, 2009

The End of Affluence by Paul Ehrlich and Anne Ehrlich

It seems an all-too-common human ability to bear other peoples’ sufferings stoically.

New Book for the Born-Again Keynesian

September 18, 2009

John Maynard Keynes’s ideas were no less important two years ago than they are this year, something you would never know if you took an economics class. He’s been largely ignored in the past few decades as being incorrect. However, the economic crisis will turn a few economic students into Keynesians, no doubt (and against their professors’ wishes). The New York Times reports that Robert Sidelsky has written a book to explain Keynes’s work for today’s readers. Not for most people, but I bet it’s not the last Keynes book to be published in the coming year.

Real good moments in journalism – Chicken Fucking edition

September 17, 2009

You’ve seen it. I’ve seen it. Keep Fucking that Chicken. I don’t know what it means, but I sure have watched the fucking chicken out of it.

Vanity Fair’s selection from LeBron’s new book

September 17, 2009

An exerpt about growing up from LeBron James’ new book, Shooting Stars (written with Buzz Bissinger).

Being Crockett Johnson

September 3, 2009

So, Spike Jonze apparently worked for more than a year developing a live adaptation of Harold and the Purple Crayon by Crockett Johnson. Then, of course, it was scuttled by the studio. When will execs learn to just let Jonze be Jonze? Good things always follow.

About time a sitcom revolved around the exciting world of book publishing (jK!1!!1)

September 2, 2009

Hmmm… a show about a book publisher, you say? CBS, you’ve done it!  If there’s anything the American Idol set wants, it’s a show about book-toting yuppies by a “‘Will and Grace’ alumna.” Of course, never judge a show by its premise. A show about an uncouth book store could turn out to be Black Books (equals goood) or Stacked (that show with that lady Borat likes so much).

Books about crows: officially cliché

September 2, 2009

How many books about crows can publishers shove down our throats? . This one sounds like the worst of the bunch. I like crows, especially when I consider that they are close relatives to bluejays, which are obnoxious pricks (Don’t get me started about stellar jays). And yet, even I would have no interest in reading five books about what people think about crows. Has the science surrounding crows really moved forward at such a break-neck pace that the literature of the time cannot keep up? Methinksnot.