Friday, January 19, 2007
Wednesday, January 17, 2007
Reason Magazine - Hit & Run
Tailrank - Top News for Today
Tuesday, January 16, 2007
John Tierney: The Voices in My Head Say ‘Buy It!’ Why Argue? - Science Times Columnist
Now that scientists have spotted the pain and pleasure centers in the brain, they’ve moved on to more expensive real estate: the brain’s shopping center. They have been asking the big questions:
What is the difference between a tightwad’s brain and a spendthrift’s brain?
What neurological circuits stop you from buying a George Foreman grill but not a Discovery Channel color-changing mood clock?
Why is there a $2,178.23 balance on my January Visa bill?
This last question isn’t yet fully answered, even after I stared at said Visa bill while lying inside a functional M.R.I. machine at Stanford University. But scientists are closer to solving the mystery. By scanning shoppers’ brains, they think they’ve identified a little voice telling you not to spend your money. Or, in my case, a voice saying, “At this price, you can’t afford not to buy the mood clock!”
Laila Lalami was born and raised in Morocco. She earned her B.A. in English from Universite Mohammed V in Rabat, her M.A. from University College, London, and her Ph.D. in linguistics from the University of Southern California. Her work has appeared in The Boston Globe
, The Los Angeles Times
, The Oregonian
, The Nation
, The Washington Post
and elsewhere. She is the recipient of an Oregon Literary Arts grant and a Fulbright Fellowship. Her debut book of fiction, Hope and Other Dangerous Pursuits
, was published in the fall of 2005 and has since been translated into five languages http://www.lailalalami.com/blog/
Monday, January 15, 2007
EBAUMSWORLD - Funny Pictures, Hilarious Videos, Flash Games and Jokes
Gapers Block - A site about Chicago, IL.
Gapers Block is a Chicago-centric web publication providing information on news and events around town. There are many terms for the slowdown in traffic that occurs when there's an accident on the side of the road.
Some people call it rubbernecking, others a lookie-loo. Here in Chicago, we call it a gapers block (or gapers delay). What better name for a site that asks you to slow down and check out all the cool things in the city?
Consider GB an antidote to all those sites infatuated with the coasts. It contains Merge, a collaborative weblog on a wide range of topics updated weekdaily; Slowdown, a calendar highlighting events you may not have heard about; daily columns from our resident Airbags; and Detour, a weekly feature, as well as a daily photo in Rearview, and a question to ponder and discuss in Fuel. Our newest section, Transmission, offers weekly profiles and mp3s of local musical artists.
Our staff of contributors is made up of Chicagoans with diverse backgrounds but two things in common: a deep love of the city and a wish to share it with you.
This Blog Sits at the
Intersection of Anthropology and Economics
Sunday, January 14, 2007
The Freecycle Network(tm) - Changing the world, one gift at a time.
When you want to find a new home for something -- whether it's a chair, a fax machine, piano, or an old door -- you simply send an e-mail offering it to members of the local Freecycle group.
Or, maybe you're looking to acquire something yourself. Simply respond to a member's offer, and you just might get it. After that, it's up to the giver to decide who receives the gift and to set up a pickup time for passing on the treasure.
Our main rule: Everything posted must be free, legal, and appropriate for all ages.
goat cheese is the new black
DotComedy - Home
We all know it.s a big scary world out there. Money trouble, family pressures, global warming . it.s all very, very depressing. But don.t panic, help is on the way.
Well, not help saving the rainforest or dealing with crazy Aunt Petunia, but simply a guarantee that for at least a few minutes every day you can come here, escape the woes of the world and laugh. Out loud, even.
On DotComedy, you can expect to find:
Great stand-up, from names you know and names you oughta know
Highlights and bonus clips from some of the funniest shows on television
Trailers and behind-the-scenes looks at comedy films
Entire episodes of great, old-school sitcoms and clips from timeless classics like Saturday Night Live
Original shorts and digital series, made exclusively for DotComedy
A showcase of the best viral videos on the web
And, best of all, soon we.ll be giving you the opportunity to show the world just what a comic genius you are through DotComedy viewer-submitted videos.
Funny every day, that.s our pledge to you. And given the shape the world is in, we.re going to need the laughs.