Sundog

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October 24, 2010. Tags: , , , , , , . Video. Leave a comment.

Caturday

Can’t. Stop. Watching.

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October 23, 2010. Tags: , , , , , . Art. Leave a comment.

This Video Brought to You by the Letter M

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October 22, 2010. Tags: , , , , , , , . Video. Leave a comment.

Bobby Bottleservice Saves Africa

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If Bobby Bottleservice’s existence is news to you, be sure to check out the original.

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October 22, 2010. Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , . Video. Leave a comment.

I Like Turtles

Hate it when this happens.

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October 22, 2010. Tags: , , , , , , , , , , . Comics. Leave a comment.

Inside the Mind of a Genius

Google any phrase like “best television show” and The Wire is sure to dominate your results.  It wasn’t always this way.

Back in September of 2000, David Simon (one of 2010’s MacArthur Genius Grant recipients) made the pitch to HBO.  About what you’d expect.  79 pages of proposed episode synopses and thematic sketches.

What surprised me the most were the ample changes throughout.  Here’s a rundown:

Conspicuously absent

  • Wallace
  • Wee-Bey
  • Poot
  • Pryzbylewski

Names changed

  • Stringy Bell = Stringer Bell
  • Aaron Barksdale = Avon Barksdale
  • Jimmy McArdle = Jimmy McNulty
  • Doughboy = Proposition Joe
  • William “Bunk” Moreland
  • Lester Weeks = Lester Freeman
  • Shakima = Kima

Character differences

  • Slim Charles is fat.  Really fat.
  • Herc is really into steroids.

Significant plot deviations

  • Bubbles has AIDs and dies by the end of the first season.
  • Kima gets murdered by Slim Charles at Orlando’s.
  • Orlando’s undergoes a name change to Odell’s afterward.
  • Herc gets busted for steroids and gets fired.
  • Santangelo is still a rat for the Major in charge of the homicide department, but also for Stringer Bell.  This sets up a situation where a Barksdale crew tries to kill D’Angelo, Lester, and Sydnor in a motel room.  Santangelo eventually gets arrested for this and Lester and Sydnor beat him up badly in a bathroom.

I know, right, Michael?

[David Simon’s pitch to HBO via Kottke]

[images via Blake Hicks & Variety]

October 21, 2010. Tags: , , , , , , , , , . Reading. Leave a comment.

Incredible McDonalds Burger Experiment

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October 21, 2010. Tags: , , , , , , , , , , . Video. 1 comment.

The Metrics of Attraction Comic

Extraterrestrials just don’t get it.

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October 21, 2010. Tags: , , , , , . Comics. Leave a comment.

10 Simple Rules for Editing Wikipedia

New article out from PLoS Computational Biology targeted at interested, yet non-contributing members of the Wikipedia community.

Here are ten rules to live by if you want to be taken seriously when attempting to edit a Wikipedia article:

  1. Register an Account
  2. Learn the Five Pillars
  3. Be Bold, but Not Reckless
  4. Know Your Audience
  5. Do Not Infringe Copyright
  6. Cite, Cite, Cite
  7. Avoid Shameless Self-Promotion
  8. Share Your Expertise, but Don’t Argue From Authority
  9. Write Neutrally and with Due Weight
  10. Ask for Help

Helpful.  Well written.  To the point.

[DW Logan et al. @ PLoS Computational Biology via the Browser]

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October 20, 2010. Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , . Reading. 1 comment.

Don Draper Got Jokes

[via Mad Men Unbuttoned]

Bonus:

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October 20, 2010. Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , . Video. Leave a comment.

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