Old Soccer Postcards

[Hunter Davies’s Collection of Soccer Postcards via the Run of Play]

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November 15, 2010. Tags: , , , , , , , , . Art. Leave a comment.

I Was a Sneaky Kid

[Mistake Report #51802 via Dude Craft]

November 6, 2010. Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , . Funny. 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.

Don Draper Got Jokes

[via Mad Men Unbuttoned]

Bonus:

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

The Fifth Taste

Umami.  Glutamate.  Savoriness.  Deliciousness.

Tom Nealon makes the tongue-in-cheek case that umami was behind every historical upheaval.

Essentially, glutamate-rich foods trick the body into thinking that it’s consuming vast amounts of protein — which is extremely pleasant, even if it’s just broth.

This effect has not been lost on history’s empires —if religion is the opium of the masses, umami foods are the steak sandwich.  If your income, class, estate, or faith denies you regular opportunities to consume rich sauces and savory meats, you’ll reach for the nearest bottle of umami every chance you get.

Very fun read and educational throughout.  For example, did you know that the reason Worcestershire sauce (and by proxy, Caesar salad) tastes so good is due to the abundance of glutamate-rich anchovy paste contained within?

If you’ve wondered if there’s something miraculous, some sort of transmogrification, going on in your Caesar salad — drenched in anchovy dressing and covered in Parmesan — wonder no longer.

[Tom Nealon @ HiLobrow via the Browser]

[image via Fork You]

October 15, 2010. Tags: , , , , , , , . Reading. Leave a comment.

The Tea Party Takes Over The Tea Party

[via Ruben Bolling @ Boing Boing]

October 15, 2010. Tags: , , , , , , , , , . Comics. Leave a comment.

Sun Spot

Ink drawing of a sun spot circa 1888.

[via Robin Sloan @ Snarkmarket]

October 13, 2010. Tags: , , , , , , , , . Art. Leave a comment.

Hammering Droplets of Nitroglycerin

[via Cory Doctorow @ Boing Boing]

October 12, 2010. Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , . Video. Leave a comment.

Thomas Crafterson

Do want.

[SaintReagansHollow’s etsy shop via Big E & the Quickness]

October 8, 2010. Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , . Art. Leave a comment.

How to be an Ass at Parties

Step 1.) Read Wikipedia’s List of Common Misconceptions.

Some Good ones:

  • George Washington did not have wooden teeth. According to a study of Washington’s four known dentures by a forensic anthropologist from the University of Pittsburgh (in collaboration with the National Museum of Dentistry, itself associated with the Smithsonian Museum), the dentures were made of gold, hippopotamus ivory, lead, and human and animal teeth (including horse and donkey teeth).
  • Searing meat does not “seal in” moisture, and in fact may actually cause meat to lose moisture. Generally, meat is seared to create a brown crust with a rich flavor via the Maillard reaction.
  • It is commonly claimed that the Great Wall of China is the only man-made object visible from the Moon. This is false. None of the Apollo astronauts reported seeing any man-made object from the Moon. The misconception is believed to have been popularized by Richard Halliburton decades before the first moon landing.

Step 2.) This part is automatic. You’ll act like a total ass the next time someone mentions that lemmings are suicidal, Napoleon was short, or that George Washington Carver invented peanut butter.

Happy Trolling.

[List of Common Misconceptions via the Browser]

[image via Wikimedia Commons]

October 5, 2010. Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , . Smarts. 7 comments.

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