is an online collection of fish posters. Via metafilter
. And Bea Arthur
And via Monkeyfilter, the Knight's Tour
. Is it a chess puzzle or a math puzzle? Quite the world of difference between those two.
Not for the first time, here I go with a cursory review of a book followed by wholesale cribbing of the author's Web bibliography. Webliography. Wow, does that sound lame.
I just finished reading Steve Almond's 'Candyfreak: A Journey Through the Chocolate Underbelly of America.' It's pretty decent, for folks who like candy. Kind of in a Dave Eggers/David Sedaris kinda vein (one of those comparisons is stolen from the book jacket--and, since Amy provides a blurb, arguably both), one of those memoir-writ-large numbers, Almond manages to connect his own candy-addled life history with a tour of old-fashioned and boutique candymakers (albeit the kind of tour that leads not to Jacques Torres
but to places like Sioux City, Iowa) and some rumination on megacorporations (in this case, Nestle
) squeezing out the little guy. Is there any industry on the planet for which this isn't the case? I sure hope so, but it's difficult to think of one. But I digress. Almond is an engaging writer. If one has any interest at all in candy, and I suspect that a large portion of my readers do, it's a quick, light, funny read. Also, it led me to Joel Glenn Brenner's 'The Emperors of Chocolate,' a history of Mars and Hershey.
Okay, here are the links (descriptions are Almond's):
Goo Goo Cluster
Lake Champlain Chocolate
National Confectioners Association
Some guy who likes candy bars
Name That Bar
, fortuitously-named author
This Ask Slashdot
started as someone asking about computer components that don't exude volatile chemicals, but quickly morphed into people dissing the hypochondriac poster. One of my favorites:
I am a practicing allergist and I have found that most people with multiple environmental allergies are just a little mental. Sorry, there is no other way of saying it.
I am NOT suggesting that all people are like that... just most. So I hope the person who submitted the question doesn't get offended.
As an allergy doc, let me suggest something before you kill yourself with this stuff. Just go see an allergic specialist in your area. We can skin test for almost every known allergic substance to man. Plus, as the medline article that you referenced (which says nothing about computer/electronic smells) suggests, you may have asthma if these smells are making your feel poorly.
Reading from your website, it appears that you may believe you have chronic fatigue syndrome as well. Is there some connection between multiple environmental sensitivies and chronic fatigue? It would be odd for you to have two rare diseases.
It's kind of too bad, though. I'd like to know about electronics made from organic components, because, y'know, I think that stuff is pretty.
Just like politicians have a responsibility, we have a
responsibility and that's to vote.
And this year is a great year to do it, because it's neck and neck.
And I trust you, trust me on this, that -- that this year, that this
community of voters -- we call them the forgotten ones -- will be
forgotten no more. They're going to stand up and be heard, because
we're going to make it relevant.
I put together a coalition of the willing, of our willing, you know?
It's as diverse as Ellen DeGeneres to 50 Cent, to Jay-Z to Leonardo
Okay, is it just me, or is it impossible to find a transcript of
Puffy's appearance on Larry King
during the DNC (the above quote is from a press conference)? It definitely happened (see here
). Aaron McGruder
seems to have seen it. Diddy's political efforts have been noted on various other CNN programs
. New York's Observer
mentions his efforts, as does Paul Mooney
. And dig this
(scroll down to 'Cracker Carlson.' He may be a cracker, but he's no Bad Boy cracker), and this
, about Sean John and sweatshops.
I posted about this Slate swing-states series a while ago, but now there's an Ohio installment
. Here's a Plain Dealer series about the 'five Ohios
' referenced therein.
Who knows why things resonate with people? Rosebud, madeleines, Gibran, Wacky Packs (which seem to have tonal qualities that Garbage Pail Kids, even with the massively-unsuccessful movie, do not), I could go on like this. It's inexplicable. Take this Best Week Ever
blog entry about that Gotti-scion reality show, for example, which is provoking more responses than the one about that jailbait starlet--you know the one I mean. More, even, than the one where I got in an argument about Reagan.
Also, here's some Metafilter discussion
about a Washington Post
story about Jessica Cutler, that Senate staffer/prostitute who kept a weblog about her escapades before being loudly outed by Wonkette
(who discusses the Post story here
). Is that sentence really incoherent?
Here's an Ask Slashdot
about libraries, thin clients, etc.
Slashdot loves libraries lately. Here's a story
about ALA efforts to counter **AA copyright propaganda.