Tuesday, December 26, 2006

High IQ link to being vegetarain

The BBC has an article on the High IQ link to being vegetarian:

"Intelligent children are more likely to become vegetarians later in life, a study says. A Southampton University team found those who were vegetarian by 30 had recorded five IQ points more on average at the age of 10.

Researchers said it could explain why people with higher IQ were healthier as a vegetarian diet was linked to lower heart disease and obesity rates."

(via evhead)

Tuesday, December 19, 2006

Daily Monster

Daily Monster is a blog by artist Stefan C. Bucher. Each day, Bucher makes an ink splot on a piece of paper which he then proceeds, through fancy draughtsmanly footwork, to transform into a monster. He uploads sped-up video of the whole process and in the comments, he invites readers to invent origin stories for each day's character.

The videos are totally spellbinding somehow and the results are charming.

(via Drawn)

Saturday, December 16, 2006

Guitarist with No Arms

(YouTube - Guitarist with No Arms)

(via Music Thing)

Thursday, December 14, 2006

I Wonder If It Tickled

World's tallest man yanks stuff out of dolphins' stomachs. This is definitely the weirdest story I've read all day.

(Via PunkAssBlog)

Craigslist meets the capitalists

Jim Buckmaster, the chief executive of Craigslist, caused lots of head-scratching Thursday as he tried to explain to a bunch of Wall Street types why his company is not interested in “monetizing” his ridiculously popular Web operation. . .Analyst Ben Schachter wanted to know how Craigslist plans to maximize revenue. It doesn’t, Mr. Buckmaster replied (perhaps wondering how Mr. Schachter could possibly not already know this). “That definitely is not part of the equation,” he said, according to MediaPost. “It’s not part of the goal.”

“I think a lot of people are catching their breath right now,” Mr. Schachter said in response.

Just to put things in perspective, Craigslist is the 7th most popular site on the web (counting by Alexa ranking). Number 6 is EBay which has 12,000 employees; number 8 is the BBC with 25,000 employees.

Craigslist employes 25 people (stats from this chart).

(via NYT's DealBook)

Wednesday, December 13, 2006

Ho Ho Ho Beard

Flickr Christmas Easter Egg

Flickr has an awesome little fun thing going just for Christmas. If you add a note to your photos that reads 'ho ho ho hat' it adds a little santa hat in the box and if your note reads 'ho ho ho beard', it adds a beard. Not so surprising that they started as a game company. . .

(via mathowie)

Tuesday, December 12, 2006

Real Quick

A series of clicks led me to the Wikipedia page for The Flintstones in Viva Rock Vegas (hope you're not too broken up about my not linking to that one), and here's how the one and only line posted under "trivia" reads:

At the carnival, Fred puts his hand around Wilma's waist. He's wearing a normal, digital watch.


Monday, December 11, 2006

Troubling. Just deeply troubling.


My Favorite Albums 2006

I posted the first installment of my "Best Albums of 2006" list on the 123jamboree blog I mentioned earlier.

Read it here.

Friday, December 08, 2006

The rise of machines throughout the world has potential for great good and terrible evil

(YouTube link)

The un-named site is, not surprisingly, YouTube. You can watch the original video in full. The MeFi post has a lot of interesting background information including some discussion of whether the girl is related to the leader of the American Indian Movement.

Boy has head surgically re-attached after racing decaptitation

Christopher suffered an internal decapitation during a 40mph smash on a track near Alton, Hampshire, in September. The impact from the crash lifted 12-year-old Christopher Stewart's skull from the top of his spine - an injury which normally results in death. Firefighters spent an hour and a half cutting him free from the wreckage of his 1000cc Mini after the accident. The force of the crash also detached his tongue at the root. Surgeons re-attached his head to his spine with metal plates and bone grafts during a six-hour operation. His parents were warned he only had a 7% chance of survival. But after 19 days in intensive care and four weeks wearing a neck collar, he was able to swim, walk and exercise, although speaking and eating remain difficult.

(Original story on Sky News)
(via Digg)

Thursday, December 07, 2006

Winter break

I realize that some of how no reason to think in terms of semesters, but all the same: Who's home in LA during winter break? Meaning between 12/20 and 1/10?

Universal City Development

This is the first I've heard of a new development up at Universal Studios, though my mom and our neighborhood association probably know all about it. As long as we've lived near Universal City, there's been rumblings about this sort of thing. I certainly don't know the details, but this actually sounds good to me. Playa Vista, referenced in this article as twice the size of this potential development, is a tract condo nightmare that ate up a lot of the marshlands in West LA. But I like the fact that this location is synergistic with the subway, and development - in the valley no less - that increases density in LA is probably good. Anyone have any insights?

Wednesday, December 06, 2006

Best of 2006

Every year for the past few years, a group of people - none of whom knows every other participant - loosely revolving around the node of Paul Bost and his college friends shares their best-of-the-year-style lists. In the past, this has been done by email, but this year the roundtable - in which I am a participant - graduated (devolved?) to blog-hood. I find this kind of personal thing more compelling that the endless internet parade of year end lists (which, I'll admit, I also read with some dedication). I made my first 2006 contribution in the field of Portland music.

Here's the blog.


This anti-anti-hating-LA, typically snarky post from the Portland Mercury's blog drove me crazy, so I commented on it. The LA Times bit in question is readable here (without a stupid NYTimes-style pay wall - 1 point for LA). Thought you fellow native Angelenos might be interested.

Tuesday, December 05, 2006

More Lynch

You may have seen this after watching the Inland Empire trailer, but here is some video of David Lynch on the street corner with the cow. Apparently cheese is made from milk.

Inland Empire

Check it.

Sunday, December 03, 2006

Tony and Paul Probably Don't Have Jobs

Stop motion rules. I wish I could jump like that.

(Via MetaFilter)

Friday, December 01, 2006

Masterpieces of the Oral and Intangible Heritage of Humanity

Reason number 196,345,673,255,331 wikipedia is the best: Masterpieces of the Oral and Intangible Heritage of Humanity. Which list includes:

The Music of the Transverse Trumpets of the Tagbana Community from Côte d'Ivoire
The Cultural Space of Sosso-Bala in Nyagassola from Guinea
The Art of Guqin Music from China
Wayang Puppet Theatre from Indonesia
The Maroon Heritage of Moore Town from Jamaica
and Albanian folk iso-polyphony

(via Bruce Sterling)

Dhoom 2

Apparently there's a new style of Bollywood movie coming into fashion. Slicker, more action-y, more American, more expensive, more rollerblades, etc. Dhoom 2 stars Hrithik Roshan and Aishwarya Ray. It has musical numbers in English and possibly even some kissing (both are scandalous). Here's the preview:

(YouTube link)