Lambert

Greetings, Earthlings. I hope you are quite happy and healthy. And I hope your life gets better and better every day. All these tabs were eating my RAM, so I’ve decided to unleash them upon you.

First off, you should know that you can take MIT courses for free, in your underwear. Here’s an intro to Psychology to get you started.

I’ve read most of Malcolm Gladwell’s books, and seen his TED Talks. I’ve always thought he was a good, thought-provoking writer and admired him. Then I read this article which claims he’s a pro-corporate shill with zero journalistic integrity. Sigh.

A beekeeper posits that businesses have a lot to learn from one of nature’s most shining success stories. Too Big To Fail can and will bring down whole societies.

What do men and women look at while watching porn? The answers may surprise you.

An unknown number of women out there can perceive millions of colors most humans can’t.

More evidence that giving makes us happy.

Good news! More and more people are ditching cable TV.

Bad news: for the past 30 years, US businesses have been injecting trillions of gallons of toxic waste deep into the Earth.

Ever wonder why Europeans are white? Wonder no more.

Why bad jobs — or no jobs — happen to good workers.

Our Milky Way:

 

Vincent van Gogh — Village Street and Steps in Auvers with Figures (1890):

 

Golden Tortoise Beetle:

 

Hilarious screen test of muppets ad-libbing:

 

Love yous.

J

Lisbon

Does this count as a post? Yes. Yes it does.

The City of Tulsa destroyed a woman’s garden because, well, they didn’t really give a reason. They just did it, and that’s that. One can only guess it’s because she was growing her own food and medicine. She should just be a good consumer and buy it from the Supermarket™ like Everybody Else®.

Good News! A new study predicts imminent, irreversible planetary collapse. Oh. Wait. That’s bad news. Sorry about that.

Here are some awesome examples of superb architecture blending with nature.

Love this:

 

I think Beijing’s Olympic design firms kick all kinds of ass over London’s:

And, finally:

xoxo,

J

Sound the Alarm: A Bus Went By

Do you have a garden? If so, you should plant some medicine.

Oh, by the way, did you know that plants may be able to hear?

The average American family’s net worth dropped 40% in the past 5 years. Meanwhile:

 

Which leads me to believe that our elected officials should be subject to more scrutiny.

Beautiful, intricate egg-shell art by Franc Grom:

 

Barbie and Ken’s life isn’t as great as it seems (via):

 

Melanistic animals are the opposite of albino animals:

 

Jaw-Dropping “Star Trail” images taken by astronaut Don Pettit from the ISS:

 

Mugshots of some Mississippi Freedom Riders:

 

Love (via):

 

Gonna be around for 2 hours? Check out this groovy soundcloud yoga mix and get your chill on.

Love yous.

J

Clamity

Hope you’re doing fantabulous, friends. Just a brief update. Trying to get back into the swing of things. Or not.

Are you aware that humanity is speeding down an unsustainable path? You are? Well, what can we do about that? There is a very simple thing we could all do to be off to a great start.

Interesting article on America’s oldest family firm (it’s actually older than America): Zildjian.

Writers: take note of this excellent writing advice from Pixar.

:-)

 

Screaming. Can’t hear my call…

 

The Big Picture:

 

A gallery of hijab propaganda posters from Iran:

 

Okay, Love yous.

J

Koontz

Hey friend. I know, I know, I’ve been blogstipated, but I just ate some fiber(optics), and I think something’s happening.

I’ve always sorta disliked these, and now I’m glad I know what to call them.

I ♥ free knowledge!

It needs 75k and has 68k. Can you help make this happen?

Did you know about the Texas-sized patch of garbage floating in the Pacific Ocean?

If you’re feeling down or weird, just read this and feel better.

It seems like every week scientists have energy breakthroughs. Who’s gonna tell the guy in the Big Black Truck™?

Groovy typography:

 

Face:

 

Just drop me off here and I’ll get back to you in a few years…

 

NYC Diversity map (based on the recent Census):

 

Yep:

Yep yep:

Rrrrawwwr! (Wikipedia article of the day).

Want more? Here’s the Wikipedia gallery of the day.

xo,

J

PS:

Why You Beastin’, Son?

Whoa! I feel like I’m gonna blog all over the place. Unh. Nnnhhh. Here it comes…

Terrifying chart of the day: 40 years ago MIT researchers predicted that we are headed for disaster unless we curb our consumption. So far, not-so-good. Study this chart and think about what it means.

I knew that Stockton, CA is having a tough go of it, but, wow.

Along those lines, more than 1 million Americans who have taken out mortgages in the past two years now owe more on their loans than their homes are worth.

A video about a Utah man who lives in a cave.

An interesting article about the invention of jaywalking, or, when cars took over.

I would like one of these wearable muscle exoskeletons.

I sure do enjoy me some photo essays:

Interactive satellite imagery of urban sprawl from the 80s to today.

Welcome Homea beautiful, harrowing photo essay about a veteran’s struggle with PTSD and American society.

 

More and more Americans are living off-the-grid:

 

Super-cool, covert, egg-shaped, tree house:

 

Recent, visually stunning photos from North Korea’s celebration of the Kims.

 

The New York City Municipal Archives just released a database of over 870,000 photos. Here are 53 of them chosen by The Atlantic.

 

Check the mailboxes:

 

It turns out money can buy you happiness:

Wikipedia article of the day: Operation Vegetarian.

Phew! So sorry to blog everywhere like that, but, I’ve been backed up for a few days!

xo,

J

PS I think I found a name for my band:

Ski Ball

Through love, all pain will turn to medicine.
~ Rumi

If you watch one video today, make it this one about shame, which she defines as:

The intensely painful feeling or experience of believing we are flawed and therefore unworthy of acceptance and belonging.

It could change your life.

Along those lines, a compelling story of forgiveness.

The Economy by the numbers. Good graphs and charts. May make liberals shake their fists. More chart porn? Check out health care costs around the world.

I’ll have the red  gingham sandwich, please.”

 

Russian Balleria (via):

 

xo,

J

 

Sidebars Suck

Yeah, you read the title. I’ve been saying it for months, so I finally got rid of mine. What a waste of space. I think sidebars are ignored at best, distracting at worst. I’ll try to integrate everything into this nice, spacious canvas. That, and make the site more mobile friendly.

I should also say that you can email me. I welcome communication. Also, while you’re at it, why not friendster my book of faeces, Dot Com?

So now, onto the stuff:

I hope this is a sign of things to come.

Sweet story about a Japanese retiree who lives a simple, naked life on an obscure island. Quote:

I don’t do what society tells me, but I do follow the rules of the natural world. You can’t beat nature so you just have to obey it completely.

It is obvious that a drug policy change is imminent. Even the WSJ is calling for it. And scientists continue to prove that natural medicines are highly beneficial.

Another example of our government’s ineptitude: How US Senators Disclose their Campaign Contributions:

You’d pull up your campaign records on your computer, and then you would print them. Next, you would grab the FEC report form and have an administrative assistant fill it out, with a typewriter. You’d then gather up the pages, usually numbering in the hundreds or thousands, and walk them down to the Office of the Secretary of the Senate. The secretary of the Senate would scan these pages into computers and then email them to the FEC.

At this point, it would be possible for a reporter to sit at a terminal in an office in a Senate building and look over your forms, but since they’d be scanned in, the data wouldn’t be searchable — not terribly useful.

When the FEC got the scan of your documents, it would print them, box them up and ship them to a government contractor in Fredericksburg, Va.

There, workers would manually key in the data from your forms into spreadsheets — like the ones the data originally came from — and then those would be emailed back to the FEC, which would then post them on its website.

Can we try something radical, but effective? Place random people into office. Really, could it get any worse? Okay, okay… well, May 1st is right around the corner.

I would’ve posted this 4 days ago, but, you know.

Beautiful, natural artwork by Olga Ziemska:

 

Well, if you’re just counting bodies

 

Some great shots from the NYC of yesteryear:

 

Swedish High Jumper Gunhild Larking:

 

Twitter account of the day: @spookypedia. Tweets links to spooky Wikipedia articles.

Love yous!

J