||[Mar. 19th, 2012|06:19 pm]
Paul Graham: The List of N Things. With some more broadly applicable thoughts on good and bad writing.
Oklahoma senator wants to ban human fetuses from food, "despite conceding that he's unaware of any company using such a practice."
Speaking of bad writing, How to Write Badly Well. I love some of these, especially "Emphasize your villain's bad qualities"
Literally Unbelievable - a shameful archive of Facebook posts by people who took Onion posts seriously. Possibly fake, which would just add another level to the whole thing.
Yet more evidence that pornography decreases sex crimes.
Rick Santorum believes that the Crusades - the series of medieval wars launched to recapture Jerusalem from the infidels, but which devolved into unrelated bloody massacres of Byzantines, Jews, and civilians - got a bad rap.
Is Fox News going moderate? "The spectacle of watching O’Reilly, who once compared gay marriage to interspecies marriage, attacking a CNN anchor for being insufficiently sensitive to the feelings of gay people was quite a switch"
Jean-Marie Loret, a member of the French resistance during World War II, was traumatized to learn at age 30 he was probably Hitler's illegitimate son. Later got over his horror and considered claiming royalties for Mein Kampf.
How Yao Ming was the result of a Chinese eugenics program to build the perfect basketball player.
This article on terrorist Mohammed Atef is significant solely for the sentence "Whenever al-Qaeda organised games of volleyball, Atef and Osama bin Laden were forced to be on separate teams since they were both tall, and good players."
Probably wouldn't make a good children's fable: The Racist Tree
PayPal gets on more and more people's bad lists regarding erotic stories and pretty much outright stealing people's money. Good thing in a free market there are lots of equally thriving competitors we can switch to if we want to signal disapproval of their...oh, wait.
An idea to use prospect theory to improve OKCupid's match algorithm.
This medical school blog is gold. alicorn24 has confirmed it is also funny for non-medics.
The most cringeworthy way possible to celebrate International Women's Day: Chinese State Media Thanks Women For Being So Hot.
Genocidal Liberian warlord Charles Taylor once ran for President of Liberia on the campaign slogan "He Killed My Ma, He Killed My Pa, But I Will Vote For Him". And won.
Divine Match. My girlfriend wrote this!
$25 for an apple? Only in Japan.
I don't remember where I first read the phrase "banality of evil", but I was reminded of it when reading about Syrian dictator Bashar al-Assad's leaked personal emails, especially the part where, in response to China and Russia's Security Council vetos, an advisor congratulates him with "Two vetoooooosssss congratulations to Syria! ur the best!".
Now this is a conspiracy theory! Is George W. Bush the grandson of Aleister Crowley? I don't know whether Bush or Crowley would be more horrified by the possibility.
David Chapman's blog has some interesting speculations on the thesis that modern Buddhism is almost completely a Western invention created when reform-crazed 19th-century Asians tried to "modernize" a moribund traditional Buddhism. Some interesting particular articles on Zen as response to Perry's Black Ships and the 19th century reinvention of vipassana meditation.
So how come Zoroastrianism, which bans conversions and which keeps navel-gazing about its eventual disappearance, is listed as the world's fastest-growing religion?