Once you make a decision, the universe conspires to make it happen.
~ Ralph Waldo Emerson
Q: Bad Olds Thursday?
A: Nope. Good News Tuesday.
The City of Medellin built giant outdoor escalators that shorten residents’ 35 minute hikes into 6 minute rides:
In Madrid, they buried a freeway and built a sprawling park.
In São Paulo, the 10-year ban on outdoor advertising has made the city more vibrant than ever.
The average Canadian is now wealthier than the average American. Brother, could ya spare a toonie?
An ‘edgy’ Chinese blogger is getting people talking “On Wanting Freedom”.
SOPA’s detractors have a new tool in their box: “the reverse robocall”.
In 1956, this state-of-the-art computer weighed over a ton and had just enough storage for a song. (via):
Today, we can fit 6500 of those computers onto one of these:
While we’re on the subject of weight loss, an obese man went without food for 382 days and lost 275 pounds with no ill effects.
Speaking of streamlined, the Buick Streamliner is goi-juss:
These pencil sculptures are incredible:
There have been a lot of #Occupy videos popping up lately. This one’s pretty well done:
You think occupyin’ is new(s)? Pssssshhhh. This guy’s been occupyin’ since 1967.
Be well, brothers and sisters.
Nothing ever goes away until it has taught us what we need to know.
~ Pema Chodron
Merry Boxing Day!
In advance of Good News Tuesday: 5 companies that did something good for the world in 2011.
On the flipside: McDonalds is leaving Bolivia. That’s right, they’re shutting down, and shipping out. Their marketing people are so perplexed, they’re making a documentary about it.
Awesome: An Aussie made a hoverbike. Yeah, okay, so he hasn’t actually tested it out yet, but it looks dangerous enough.
Here’s an article about a Chinese company that transforms our old Christmas lights into slippers.
The Cat Organ is mostly awful, slightly intriguing…
…meat eating plants, on the other hand, are 100% badass.
A lake in Thailand regularly shoots out pink fireballs and nobody can explain it. No, really.
Some images I have laying around…
Are you ready to forget 2011? Here are 45 things worth forgetting.
If there is to be any peace it will come through being, not having.
~ Henry Miller
Well hello there, and good day, good friend! A bit of Christmas trivia for you: the concept of Santa being pulled by flying reindeer was, in fact, a marketing ploy by a company that sold reindeer meat!
Speaking of flying: remember Lovejoy? She’s gorgeous!
Anonymous seems to be on a roll. This time they targeted a US security think tank.
Science has solved the mystery of A Hard Day’s Night’s opening chord. Couldn’t they have just asked George while he was alive? Or Paul?
I love trippy visual art like this (via):
Check out these brilliant illustrations for Lord of the Flies.
And, finally, the story of a blind dog, thought to be dead, who found her way home this Christmas.
Talk soon, butter boon.
Good evening, dear reader. I hope this finds you happy and healthy.
Question: Who are you? What brings you to this lonely corner of the internet?
Don’t get me wrong, I’m happy to have you.
I’m curious, though. I see a bunch of you in the US and Canada.
Some in Northern Europe and the UK.
Brazil, too! Nice.
Drop me a note! I’m all ears:
It being Christmas Eve and all, I don’t have too much, but I do have some…
This reminded me of Mullets Galore:
Did you know that the guy who invented Kwaanza served time for torturing two women with a cable, vice, and soldering iron?
Also, did you know that a special pattern appears on people after they’re struck by lightning?:
Speaking of Nature:
And finally, for the new year: What Makes Us Happy? A fascinating 70-year study of mental and physical well-being.
Past and future are in the mind only — I am now.
~ Sri Nisargadatta Maharaj
Godaddy caved to internet rage. Nevermind. Godaddy paid lip service to appease the great unwashed .
The TSA is a bloated, ineffective and costly beast of good intentions gone horribly wrong.
Who invented the Oreo? The unsung heroes of cookie design.
This guy scans the brains of Buddhist monks, looking for the physiological paralells of “non-duality.”
The good ol’ Times sums up 2011 in 108 pictures.
The New Yorker sums up the year in politics with 5 charts.
Some of the best-designed book covers of 2011.
Tatiana Plakhova makes beautiful visual pieces:
Christmas Mall “Art”(?):
Rita Heyworth is art:
“A dream you dream alone is only a dream. A dream you dream together is reality.”
~ John Lennon
The tubes are humming with ire for SOPA. The hivemind is whirring with solutions.
A sharp-eyed spy-in-the-sky sent its first shots.
A comet named Lovejoy dipped into the Sun and kept on going (video).
Via The Lives They Loved, pictures and stories from those who passed in 2011:
More images from China’s Abandoned Wonderland.
“Breathe and the madness will go away.” Yoga & meditation in B-More schools.
“Today is yesterday’s pupil.”
~ Benjamin Franklin
Watch Senator Sanders present a Constitutional Amendment to negate the disastrous Citizen’s United ruling.
More like this, please.
The movie industry is reaping record profits and increasing executive salaries while hiring less people and lobbying for nasty laws.
Feeling intellectual? Check out MIT Professor Daron Acemoglu’s insightful interview on inequality.
Or, you could ponder the causes and social ramifications of “hover-hand.”
Economic experts explain 2011 in charts. Yeah. That’s nerdy.
Q: Dude, have you seen that #occcupier pwn Faux News?
A: Totally, brah.
Butterfly egg (via)
(The) Dagobah (system) Georgia, US
And, finally, a retiree who’s saved over 160 people from suicide.
Happy whole-y(s) day to you.
Q: What’s good?
A: Good News Tuesday.
Great News! Another dictator has stopped dictating. Have you gotten enough of the Il-o-matic yet? No?
Wonderful News! Even China’s government considers concessions to protestors. Maybe there’s hope in the Land of the Free™ after all! Oh, and by the way, the upper-crust is sick and tired of you “imbeciles” attacking them. Is your skinny-cat skin in the game?
Fabulous news! We’re building more homes! I’m sure this will eliminate the homeless problem, right?
Wonderful news! Google just invested another $94 million into solar energy. That brings their tally up to more than $915 million. Speaking of, check out 2011’s most watched YouTube videos.
The Chromatic Typewriter is awesome.
These hyper-realistic paintings are impressive.
Okay, that’s good! See you soon.
We pulled out
while the media milks the Kims.
We’re in trouble
and there are solutions.
Now, if you haven’t yet, you should learn about what North Korea was. Stay tuned for what North Korea is becoming…
Happy Sunday, folks. Let’s start things off with a quote:
There’s only one corner of the universe you can be certain of improving, and that’s your own self.
~ Aldous Huxley
A great leader/visionary/artist has died. “Only democracy guarantees peace.”
Want some Art?
Are you aware that the “war on drugs” is a complete and total failure? It’s true. Preposterous amounts of money, time, and humanity: wasted. It causes untold amounts of (completely unnecessary) pain, sorrow, and death. There is no compelling reason for this fake war of greed and racism. What’s that? You want a sane solution? Look no further than Portugal.
Ever wonder why, and when, women started shaving their body hair? Wonder no more.
Congress passed that awful Homeland Battlefield bill. WTF?
Did you know that Wikipedia has a simple version that is awesome? Yesss! And, speaking of Wikipedia, check out this really, really, deep page.
Uh oh. China’s credit bubble has popped. Something tells me that the fecal matter is going to impact the air circulation device soon. But — if it heartens you at all — nature will overcome…
Stay balanced, brothers and sisters. You know in your heart what’s right. Don’t let anyone tell you otherwise.