Thursday, November 18, 2010

WTF This Week Will Mean "Wow, That's Fascinating!"

First of all, I didn't realize until I woke up this morning that I had forgotten to blog yesterday. I have really, really good reasons that I won't bore you with, but I figured I would write first thing this morning just to make up for it. Regular Thursday entry to follow tonight.

In keeping with my No-Cynicism November, I'm still not thinking too hard about the things that make me want to thwack my head against tables. One thing the First Mate frequently mentions is the importance of being selective about the messages you consume. (Do not, for instance, watch "Hostel" right before your trip to Europe. Learned that one the hard way, too.) This month I'm trying hard not to focus on things which will put me in an unhelpful headspace, and I'm doing all right at it too, I think.

Here, then, are some things that are way worth consuming-- cool ideas, fascinating accomplishments, things that encourage you to sit up and take notice.

Radiolab. Engaging, accessible, fascinating explorations into science, technology, and their implications to our daily lives. Why do we sleep? Is death a disease that can be cured? Where do you draw the boundary between language and music? How does your brain keep track of your body? Cleverly presented and with guests like Oliver Sacks, one of my heroes. Check it out. 

Above Everything Else and The Third and the Seventh. These are just glorious. I could scarcely believe that they are entirely CG, but they are. The Third and the Seventh, a short film, is especially a banquet of gorgeous visuals.

That's all I have time for, as I have to run to work, but what has fascinated you this week? Please share.

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Posted by Silent Five @ 5:54 AM

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No worries about forgetting a post. Life's a busy creechure. :)

Things that have been fascinating me lately:

Also, ramen noodles. Nothing so inexpensive should be so culinarily flexible and delicious. ;)

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gymnosophy [jim-NAH-so-fee]

n. Philosophical, amusing, or nonsensical insights realized when naked, as in the shower or in bed. (recent coinage: att. S. Galasso, 2010)

Victoria and Albert enjoyed a spot of postprandial concupiscence culminating in a night of gymnosophy and coffee and crumpets at dawn.

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1) Bacon cheesecake.
2) Bacon gumballs.
3) Bacon ice cream.
4) Bacon-orange bars.
5) Bacon apple pie.

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