items of interest to me and, possibly, to you.

Sep 30

(via chainsawsuit - three panels daily » this is how bad it’s gotten)

(via chainsawsuit - three panels daily » this is how bad it’s gotten)

(via A Softer World: 1157)

(via A Softer World: 1157)

Were You One Of 2,000 Burners Who Left Your Bike On The Playa?: SFist -

"In the post-apocalyptic dunescape of the off-season Playa, Black Rock Community Transit tallied 2,000 bicycles abandoned by the Burner class of 2014. Way to leave no trace, Burners!"

"When I stopped cycling this cat came out of the woods. I bent down to pet it then it crawled up my arm and sat on my backpack. Wish I could have taken it for a ride but I was about to head into the tunnel which is a mile long." (via Backpack cat - Imgur)

"When I stopped cycling this cat came out of the woods. I bent down to pet it then it crawled up my arm and sat on my backpack. Wish I could have taken it for a ride but I was about to head into the tunnel which is a mile long." (via Backpack cat - Imgur)

Premature Evaluation: Weezer Everything Will Be Alright In The End - Stereogum -

"It’s not hard to pinpoint the choices and events for which Rivers Cuomo is apologizing: Weezer never went disco, but at their nadir — 2009′s Raditude — they did work with such off-brand, chart-minded guests as Jermaine Dupri, Lil Wayne, and Dr. Luke. And yes, while touring for that record, Patrick Wilson did step out from behind the drum kit to play guitar — giving Cuomo the freedom to put down his own axe and roam the stage unencumbered. Make no mistake: That shit sucked. Cuomo should apologize for it, because it was enervating, dispiriting, embarrassing garbage. But really? That was just rock bottom — Weezer had been making bad choices for YEARS to that point."

(via Gettin’ Schooled in Swimming at Zoo Berlin - ZooBorns)

(via Gettin’ Schooled in Swimming at Zoo Berlin - ZooBorns)

The Illusion of "Natural" - Atlantic Mobile -

"In this context, fear of toxicity strikes me as an old anxiety with a new name. Where the word filth once suggested, with its moralist air, the evils of the flesh, the word toxic now condemns the chemical evils of our industrial world. This is not to say that concerns over environmental pollution are not justified—like filth theory, toxicity theory is anchored in legitimate dangers—but that the way we think about toxicity bears some resemblance to the way we once thought about filth. Both theories allow their subscribers to maintain a sense of control over their own health by pursuing personal purity. For the filth theorist, this means a retreat into the home, where heavy curtains and shutters might seal out the smell of the poor and their problems. Our version of this shuttering is now achieved through the purchase of purified water, air purifiers, and food produced with the promise of purity."

Sep 29

The Mother Question -

"And though I could well imagine being talked out of my single life and getting married if the right person and circumstances came along—in fact, I met my eventual husband around the time I was matched with Kaylee—one thing that seemed increasingly unlikely to budge was my lack of desire to have children. After more than a decade of being told that I’d wake up one morning at age thirty or thirty-three—or, God forbid, forty—to the ear-splitting peals of my biological clock, I would still look at a woman pushing a stroller and feel no envy at all, only relief that I wasn’t her."

Investigation: New condos aren't owned by San Francisco residents - 48 hills48 hills -

"We reviewed Assessor’s Office records for 5,212 condos in 23 buildings, most built after the year 2000, all of them market-rate residences. We found that absentee owners control approximately 2,034 of these condos – about 39 percent of the total. (We identified absentee owners as having a listed address that is different than the condo residence.)"

The Sound So Loud That It Circled the Earth Four Times - Facts So Romantic - Nautilus -

"It was 10:02 AM local time when the sound emerged from the island of Krakatoa, which sits between Java and Sumatra in Indonesia. It was heard 1,300 miles away in the Andaman and Nicobar islands (“extraordinary sounds were heard, as of guns firing”); 2,000 miles away in New Guinea and Western Australia (“a series of loud reports, resembling those of artillery in a north-westerly direction”); and even 3,000 miles away in the Indian Ocean island of Rodrigues, near Maldives (“coming from the eastward, like the distant roar of heavy guns.”1) In all, it was heard by people in over 50 different geographical locations, together spanning an area covering a thirteenth of the globe.

"Think, for a moment, just how crazy this is. If you’re in Boston and someone tells you that they heard a sound coming from New York City, you’re probably going to give them a funny look. But Boston is a mere 200 miles from New York. What we’re talking about here is like being in Boston and clearly hearing a noise coming from Dublin, Ireland. Travelling at the speed of sound (766 miles or 1,233 kilometers per hour), it takes a noise about 4 hours to cover that distance. This is the most distant sound that has ever been heard in recorded history."

(via Álvaro Franca)

(via Álvaro Franca)

Analog ASCII portraits of famous writers - Boing Boing:

"Álvaro Franca uses manual typewriters to create ASCII portraits of famous literary figures like Jack Kerouac (above), Charles Bukowski (below), and Jose Saramago. Here’s a time-lapse video of the process."

Analog ASCII portraits of famous writers - Boing Boing:

"Álvaro Franca uses manual typewriters to create ASCII portraits of famous literary figures like Jack Kerouac (above), Charles Bukowski (below), and Jose Saramago. Here’s a time-lapse video of the process."

“From my perspective as a reporter, Koch Industries is the most hostile and paranoid organization I’ve ever engaged with — and I’ve reported on Fox News.” — Koch Industries Responds to Rolling Stone – And We Answer Back | Rolling Stone

Koch Industries Responds to Rolling Stone – And We Answer Back | Rolling Stone -

"I find it, frankly, amusing that a company that has been convicted of six felonies and numerous misdemeanors; paid out tens of millions of dollars in fines; traded with Iran, and been so reckless in its business practices that two innocent teenagers ended up dead, attempts to impugn my integrity, and on the basis of my association with Mother Jones — where I worked as an editor in the late 1990s and early 2000s, on a team that was twice nominated and once awarded a National Magazine Award for General Excellence."