Category Archives: Pop Culture

Yodeling the Classics

I heard a cut from this 1997 CD, featuring Mary Schneider, Australia’s Queen of Yodeling, on PBS the other morning and realized that my admittedly puny CD collection had a GAPING hole that had to be filled pronto. I mean, … Continue reading

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Okay, sorry to have to break this to you

But B-movie biology just doesn’t hold up to the physics. The incredible shrinking man wouldn’t have had trouble wielding a needle to fight a spider. There’s no way Racquel could have manuevered her little ship in Fantastic Voyage. King Kong … Continue reading

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They do it with . . . sand

I’ll never build a sand castle again. These sculptures are amazing. From the Vancouver Sun World Championships of Sand Sculpture Competition & Exhibition. [tags] sand sculpture [/tags]

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Goat break

Courtesy Sha’el, Princess of Pixies: Ireland was ruled by a goat for a few days last week. Couldn’t find a photo of this year’s goat, but scroll down here to see the King Puck statue in Killorglin. [tags] King Puck … Continue reading

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It’s extreme, all right

Via Booksquare, Marc Porter Zasada has an article in the LA Times about “extreme copyright.” In extreme copyright, you try to push the limits of what intellectual property can be owned and controlled — or you try to penalize those … Continue reading

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The decline of the imperative

Writing in Slate, Ben Yagoda muses on the displacement of the imperative by the construction “need to.” It’s become increasing rare to tell or be told, directly, to do something. Instead, we tell people they “need to” do this or … Continue reading

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It’s “Da Vinci” Meets “Depp in Eyeliner”

Yup, the time has come for high concept plagiarism lawsuits, because that’s where the money is, of course. Royce Mathew has sued the Walt Disney Co., Buena Vista Home Entertainment, Jerry Bruckheimer Films, Touchstone Home Video and 24 other related … Continue reading

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Blake break

This is a pleasure: an animated short, inspired by Blake’s The Tyger, by Brazilian Guilherme Marcondes. Do take a look, it’s amazing. Tyger! Tyger! burning bright In the forests of the night, What immortal hand or eye Could frame thy … Continue reading

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Fun with optical illusions

Try this one. (Note — you won’t see the “dot” referenced in the directions unless your mouse cursor is off the photo.) [tags] optical illusions [/tags]

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Yup, they’ve bottled it

French cuisine. (Not really. Only some of the flavors . . . hmmmm, wonder how much of this goes on in the U.S.?) [tags] French cuisine [/tags]

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