Firestarters: Highlights of the Highly Miscellaneous

Posted by Whit Barringer , Wednesday, December 19, 2007 11:10 PM

I'm starting a new post-type. We've got the regular kind, the filler kind, and now the "Firestarter" kind. These are links to articles, research, pictures, videos, products - you name it - that caught my interest. If you have anything to add or something you'd like to see on the site, then done hesitate to reply to one of these posts.

  • "Al-Qaeda to give 'open interview.'"
    • Be sure that this will be gathering attention in the next few weeks if it actually happens. It's a curious step that al-Zawahiri is making, and it will be quite interesting to see where this goes.
    • Greg Brotherton has a self-described "passion for all types of design." It certainly shows. He has some amazing pieces of art in the online gallery. I found it on a list on steampunk, which had some really cool stuff.
  • Brianna Martray
    • I was in Denver recently and saw Martray's work, which is an odd but very interesting in its execution. Besides, she has a work named after Miyazaki's Nausicaa of the Valley of the Wind. She's apparently up to a lot more than just painting, too.
  • "EU Ministers to allow more fish to be caught next year."
    • It's a sad day for environmentalists. It's just another case that's indicative of our (meaning "the world's") inability to a) plan ahead, b) accept the consequences of our past actions, c) accept that it takes suffering of people in the present to guarantee the future, and d) realize that standing up for the right thing often means losing favor with someone, somewhere.
  • No Matter the Approach, Sex Ed Works
    • Well, it might, but the results are ambiguous and don't lean either way (sex education or abstinence only) in the great sex ed battle. Funnily enough, the goal is to get kids to wait until age 15. Does that seem like a high standard to anyone?
  • Super Slow Motion Compilation
    • Exactly what it sounds like. Lots of slow motion clips put together in rapid succession. Got this from a forum I frequent.
  • "Best Buy Bodhisattva"
    • Cool anecdotal blog post about Guitar Hero III and the "religious experiences" we can have with video games.

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